Joan Hume, warrior activist for disability rights

Joan Hume1947 – 2017

It was 1971 and Joan Hume was a carefree 23-year-old teacher of English and History at Lurnea High School. She finished supervising students swimming and accepted a lift with a colleague back to school. The car was in a road accident throwing her onto the metal window winder, which broke her neck. She was paralysed and quadriplegic. After rehabilitation at Royal North Shore spinal unit, she returned home early as her father, a doctor, could attend her medical needs. With the support of her family and friends she picked up the threads of her former life.

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Topics:
Human Rights, Social Justice, Case Studies

Author:
Terry Fletcher

Source:
Sydney Morning herald

Date published:
Tue 3rd Oct, 2017