It’s important having your own voice, especially in today’s society.
Over the last 10+ years, I have learnt to be assertive and to stand up for my beliefs and rights. I have also learnt that it is important to be recognised as an equal citizen.
Just right before Christmas, the Australian Government announced that 13 peak disability organisations would not be refunded for 2015-2016. Hearts across the disability sector in Australia were broken. Only 6 groups will be funded. They are population groups – women, children, CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) and indigenous, which means ALL disabilities will be represented across those groups. Say, an organisation representing women with disabilities will be funded.
Colin Allen, President of World Federation of the Deaf, and past President of Deaf Australia explains it all clearly in a joint press statement with Ms Maryanne Diamond AO:
(Transcript available on YouTube)