Million dollar boost for accessible tourism

More than $1 million will be made available to help local tourism businesses improve accessibility across Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. The funding is part of a three-stage project for workplaces in partnership with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine, Deakin University, Worksafe Victoria and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

Performers with disability reflect on the state of access in Australia’s arts

Findlay, a writer, spoken-word performer and “appearance activist”, has recently taken up the new post of inclusion coordinator for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Her goal for her three-year tenure as inclusion coordinator is to get the proportion of artists with disabilities at Melbourne Fringe to around 20 per cent, which would be similar to the proportion in the general community.

Kurt Fearnley’s passionate call for Australia to embrace people with disabilities

Fearnley believes the Gold Coast has “nailed it” in its effort to host the most inclusive Commonwealth Games in history, but he wants Aussies to take the message into everyday life. “I think that tomorrow maybe we can go back to work and speak to your co-workers about getting more people with disabilities in there, or education facilities or in public transport.”

Are you ready to rock? Introducing a music festival for the disabled

As well as being a world champion tennis player, radio presenter and Paralympian, Dylan Alcott is known for crowd surfing in his wheelchair at rock concerts around the world. While crowd surfing isn’t for everyone, Mr Alcott, a paraplegic since birth from a spinal cord tumour, wants all disabled music fans to be able to go to music festivals. So he and promoters Untitled Group created their own.

Dylan Alcott wants to make disability sexy

“So we’re just trying to improve these organisations to not only help the disabled community get out and spend their money, but also get these organisations ready to employ people with disabilities, which is a real big passion of mine.”

The Silent Child- Film

Set in rural England and Inspired by real life events. The Silent Child film centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

MacFarlane devastated by loss of Disability Pride artwork

The Disability Pride artwork was intended as a collaborative paste up to celebrate the culture of Melbourne’s disabled community, challenging the narrow stereotypes of disability and making a stand that joins with the international disability pride movement.

Make art a priority in your NDIS plan

‘A disability perspective is important to the evolution of the arts and arts practice. It is platform for experimentation, multiple narratives, new ways of working. Disability exposes another aspect of the lived human experience and it deepens the richness of artistic and creative language; the arts are lesser without it,’ Mellis said.