Revolutionary futures can be imagined

Meeting Place 2021 launched its online forum with a bang this year as keynote speakers offer reflections to overcome ableism and tips for the revolution.  Speaking from a series of heartfelt experiences, keynote speakers Georgia Cranko, Riana Head-Toussaint and Joshua Pether address this year’s theme: Reflect; Redefine; Revolutionise!, highlighting ways they grapple with toxic structural inequalities to lead the revolution.

Dylan Alcott opens up after winning US Open and historic Golden Slam

“I can’t believe I just won the Golden Slam,” Alcott said following his win.  “I used to hate myself so much, I hated my disability, I didn’t even want to be here any more.  I found tennis and it changed and saved my life.  Now I’ve become the only male ever in any form of tennis to win the Golden Slam which is pretty cool.”

Watching the Paralympics through a different lens

I remember at the time hearing my grandmother say she couldn’t come to watch my races, as she found the sight of so many people with disability too distressing. She was a gorgeous, compassionate woman, and she just felt so sorry for all these “poor” people. It just broke her heart to think about the barriers they would face in their lives. I didn’t realise it at the time, but it was representative of the views many people still have, even today.

Disability in the arts: Why don’t our screens reflect the society we live in?

Despite many people with disability being highly skilled with incredible stories to tell, a lack of accessible career pathways, employment opportunities and commitment to authentic representation are creating significant blockages for those wanting to forge careers on or behind our screens – although there are signs things are changing.

Carly Findlay on centring disability

In this episode, we speak with Carly Findlay about ableism, the media and the new book Growing Up Disabled in Australia.