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Taking disability from condition to culture

 

As an organisation in its infancy and the changes at the societal level, with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme but the cessation of a dedicated Disability Discrimination Commissioner, it seems as if we are at the crossroads in this phase of our civil rights movement.

Sadly there is a looming divide based on pure economics, in the era where being "disabled" is a dichotomy between being on welfare or an objectified motif (symbol) of inspiration porn. We the disabled now have the vehicle to reclaim and remould the narrative of the "disability" identity, as articulated by Graeme Innes AM, chair, Attitude Foundation Limited, "We are not victims or heroes but agents of our own destiny"

It is quotes like these which have the power to ignite the seeds of social change but this can lead to a dangerous path, consider the act of ableism to be akin to racism or even segregation for any minority subjected to oppression.

  • Have we lost focus on what it means to be disabled?

  • Is "disability" our condition that makes us entitled to pity and shame or can we reclaim it as our collective identity?

  • Who has the responsibility to govern disability services: institutional organisations who are profit-driven and run through a narrow corporate view or our vision of being governed by people with lived experience of disability?

  • How do we show openness, transparency and accountability to our funders, donors (you) and clients so you trust your resources to collectively build an accessible future for persons with disabilities?

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Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these.

Our Aims & Values

 

  1. To support the development of new technologies that improve the quality of life and the independence of persons living with a disability

  2. To provide persons with a disability with a forum through which they can express their views on government policies and other matters of relevance to their disability

  3. To support and enable fair and unbiased media representation of disability-related issues, through the development of news and original content

  4. To provide community-wide education on disability-related issues so as to reduce the instances of discrimination suffered by persons with a disability

  5. To establish an online community that encourages greater interaction between disabled and able-bodied people

  6. To promote the concept of ‘disability’ as a strong, healthy form of identity.

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