“Disability does not mean inability. It means, in fact, you come at the world in different ways. Disability makes us very creative, very imaginative, funny and quirky and that’s the community that I’m so, so happy to be a part of.”
The Greens are pushing to scrap an “unconscionable” policy that means migrant families face deportation if a child in that family was born with a disability. The Disability Act currently does not apply to the Migration Act, meaning migrants can be told to leave Australia if treating their disability, or that of their child, means they are deemed a burden on the taxpayer.
Women’s World Cup: Matildas goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold helps shed light on hearing loss for rising athletes
Mackenzie Arnold has won millions of fans across the country thanks to her star turn as the Matildas goalkeeper at the Women’s World Cup. But what many new fans might not know is that Arnold lives with hearing loss.
Just like every adventure, disabled travel varies from person to person; from trip to trip; and even from day to day. Sometimes, the vast chasm of ability can even shift from morning to afternoon. This is my experience, anyway.
“It’s getting me out … from where I live to what I call normal employment for someone semi-retired,” Anthony said. Anthony, who lives with a disability, said he has gained so much as a volunteer over the past year.
Larissa MacFarlane acquired a brain injury 24 years ago which she said allowed her to become the artist she is today. The month of July is Disability Pride Month which is of great significance for MacFarlane and her work to change stigma around disability.
Most of us know Henry Lawson and Judith Wright are icons of Australian literature. But it’s less well-known that they were both disabled. Lawson began to lose his hearing when he was nine. Wright started to lose hers in her early twenties. Neither identified as culturally Deaf, but both named deafness as a significant influence on how and why they wrote.
Accessibility for people with disabilities has been in the spotlight this year, and disability affairs reporter Elizabeth Wright looks at what FIFA is doing to ensure the World Cup is providing enough support for fans with different needs.
Disability advocates say it’s still too hard to go on holiday, but businesses can profit from accessibility
Ms Harvey has been working as an access and advocacy officer at Spinal Life Australia, trying to educate tourism operators and businesses on how they can improve. “Accessible tourism hasn’t been looked at as a top priority but it should be,” she said.
The Easy English parent guide and activity booklet are for parents with disability. They explain how parents can get help with raising their children. The resource includes help with your baby, activities for your child, and help with paperwork.
“Disability is a part of the rich tapestry of human diversity, and something that nearly all of us will experience at some point in our lives,” explains Jackie Dilworth. “It’s also a significant identity that defines how we experience the world. Yet people with disabilities have been marginalised and misunderstood for generations.”
People with disability from migrant and refugee backgrounds face multiple, overlapping disadvantages and barriers and can find it difficult accessing the NDIS and other available support. This hub was developed as a resource for people with disability from migrant and refugee communities, their families, carers, as well as the disability sector. The hub provides information about a range of programs including the disability network and self-advocacy training to empower people with disability from migrant and refugee communities. an overview of relevant policy and research as well as information on disability in culturally diverse communities, resources, in-language information and the multicultural disability directory is also available.
“Engaging people who are disabled or who are heavily experienced in disability means you’re going to get the best outcome in terms of being accessible. It’s the knowledge, experience, and the type of thinking that you can’t really get from someone who doesn’t have that lived experience.”
Live streams through the pandemic were a revelation for disabled and at-risk audiences. Now they’re being switched off – and it’s a devastating loss
While film critics and audiences alike have shouted their praise for this year’s best picture win, CODA, they seem to be ignoring the voices of the Deaf community.