Opinion piece

For quite a while now, I’ve been wanting to speak out about my experience, as an 18-year-old living with a disability, and the challenges that I have had to face, as I navigate an ableist world. It is deeply frustrating that I have had to come to this point, but I want to let everyone know that I am ok and I am not writing this to ask for pity. I still get to live an amazing life despite this. I am writing this to help people better understand what I have to go through on a daily basis and in turn, help to improve my life and the lives of others.

Waking up with a Disability

But none tried to pose the reality before me bravely and empower me for the future. Even the doctors in my family failed to predict the complications, difficulties and challenges ensuing from this accident. The most difficult part I feel is identifying oneself as disabled and shifting your habits, ways and lifestyle from pre-disability to the post life.

‘The Lucky Country’ Let Me Down: Australia’s Broken Disability Support System

There’s an implied link between medicine and disability. The assumption is that if you’re disabled enough to need support, you’ll have an expert team of medical professionals at your disposal to verify this. But people fall through the cracks of our healthcare system every day, unable to find specialists who understand what’s happening to their body. When this happens, they’re left to drown.

Ableism and disablism – how to spot them and how we can all do better

When the 2022 Australian of the Year was announced, Dylan Alcott wheeled onto the stage. Australian audiences are tuning in to watch TV shows featuring people with disability: You Can’t Ask That, Love on the Spectrum and Employable Me. The Disability Pride movement is gaining momentum and people with disability are becoming part of the diversity conversation. On the surface, it … Continued

Is Disability Part Of Your Identity? Ask Yourself These Questions

Figuring out how you see and present yourself and your disability can be as important as knowing how to adapt to it, get around barriers, and deal with prejudice and discrimination. It may not always seem like it, but asking yourself some thoughtful, probing questions once in awhile about what kind of disabled person you are can be as useful as any form of specific therapy or training.

Ableist attitudes: Take our quiz to understand disability bias –

Can you recognise when you’re being ableist? Even well-meaning people can exhibit unconscious bias against people with disabilities. Read each example and think about how you would typically react to the situation. Then read how people in the disability community feel about the same scenarios.

Deaf Australians and those with disabilities push to end exclusion from juries

While many Australians go to great lengths to avoid serving on a jury, Brent Phillips has spent nearly a decade fighting for his right to take part in his civic duty. In 2014, he was selected for jury duty in his home state of Victoria. “I was quite excited to be honest, I have a legal background, and I have qualifications in criminology,” he said. But once the courts found out Mr Phillips was deaf he was excluded from service, even though he wanted to participate.

5 Things I Wish I Understood As A Disabled Youth

The recent death of American disability activist Judy Heumann and dedication of a memorial statue for Australian disabled comedian, advocate, and journalist Stella Young, have me thinking about the lifespans and unique learning experiences of people with disabilities, and what disabled adults would want to tell our younger selves if we could.

3 Tips For Helping People With Disabilities

It is the textbook version of a “Good Deed” – kind, uncomplicated, and seemingly apolitical, itself a potential relief in these politically polarized times. Yet, for actual disabled people, “helping the disabled” has awkward associations. Done right, and with the right mindset, help from other people can liberate and empower disabled people, and bolster their dignity. But the urge to help can just as easily lead to condescension, miscommunication, and even physical danger.

Activist Judy Heumann led a reimagining of what it means to be disabled

“Disability only becomes a tragedy when society fails to provide the things we need to lead our lives — job opportunities or barrier-free buildings, for example,” she said. “It is not a tragedy to me that I’m living in a wheelchair.” That reimagining of what it means to be disabled did gain traction over the years — the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act just three years later in 1990 was a milestone — thanks to leaders like Heumann, who died suddenly on Saturday at age 75 at a hospital in Washington, D.C.

Episode #92 – Disability and health inequity

WHO ‘s latest report highlights that one in six people in the world have significant disability and experience inequity. What are these inequities and how can we address them ? WHO’s Darryl Barrett explains in Science in 5

The constant abuse and harassment from non-disabled people isn’t changing – in fact it’s getting even worse

Closing date: October 14, 2022

When I was younger, I didn’t hide away, and would shout back at this public repudiation of my body. But I am tired now, and don’t have as much energy to continue to fight. I don’t work in public any more, or in an office. I rarely swim in a public pool. I limit my public activity and have to brace myself for the comments that come when I do go out.

Let us in!

Australia, the land of the fair go. But do we really live with equal rights and opportunity? Let Us In! explores this theme through the lens of disability. What is it like to live in Australia as a person with disability? Is there a fair go, are we stuck in the past or is it just too hard? Join Kurt Fearnley and Sarah Shands as they unpack some of the big issues for people with disability in modern Australia. Transport, living with COVID, education, access and employment. Things that most people take for granted but for many Australians with disability are a daily struggle.