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5 Australian disability activists you should definitely follow

There are so many great disability activists working to promote inclusion and remove barriers facing people with disability in Australia. Here’s five of our favourite disability activists; make sure you check out the amazing work they’re doing!

Senator Jordon Steele-John

Senator Jordon Steele-John is the youngest ever Australian senator, and if that wasn’t impressive enough, he’s also the first person with disability to sit in the Upper House.

Prior to becoming Senator for Western Australia in November 2017, Jordon dedicated his time to youth and disability advocacy while studying politics at Macquarie University.

In Parliament, Jordon is continuing his disability rights advocacy with his portfolio including disability services. One of his key priorities is making sure the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is fully implemented to support Australians with disability and give them choice and control over their supports.

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Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay is a writer, speaker, disability activist and super stylish fashionista! She started out blogging about her skin condition, Ichthyosis, which has led to numerous awards and accolades. She was named in the Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards in 2014 and has appeared on ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, discussing facial difference. Carly regularly writes about disability in the media and is currently writing her first memoir, Say Hello, which will be released later this year. Make sure you get a copy! Follow Carly on: Facebook Twitter

Dylan Alcott

Dylan Alcott is an Australian Paralympic athlete, Triple J radio host and motivational speaker. He found it difficult to come to terms with life as a paraplegic when he was a child, but the discovery of Paralympic sport at age 12 changed his life. He went on to become the youngest wheelchair basketball gold medallist in history at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. He also won two golds at the 2016 Rio Paralympics for wheelchair tennis. That same year he was awarded GQ Sportsman of the Year and Paralympian of the Year. Now Dylan is helping to break down barriers for people with disability. He co-founded disability and accessibility training start-up Get Skilled Access and is giving young Australians with disability more opportunities to get involved in sport and study through the Dylan Alcott Foundation, which provides mentoring, grants and scholarships. Follow Dylan on: Facebook Twitter


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Alastair McEwin

Alastair McEwin is Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner and an accomplished human rights advocate.

Prior to starting his current role, he was the Executive Director of Community Legal Centres NSW. He has also been CEO of People with Disability Australia and spent five years as the President of the Deaf Society of NSW.

When we asked Alastair what a perfect world would look like he said:

“I think it’s quite simple – attitudes and inclusiveness; they’re interrelated. It doesn’t matter where I go, or where a person with a disability goes, you’re just automatically included. You need captions for a movie? Fine. You need access to a building? Fine. You want a job? What type of job do you want?

There’s the assumption that you can, not that you’re marginalised or you can’t be included in a party or you can’t travel overseas. The attitude is that it’s already understood that you can.”

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Cátia Malaquias

Cátia Malaquias is a lawyer, human rights advocate and mother of three children. Her son, Julius, has Down syndrome. He motivated Cátia to create Starting With Julius, a not for profit organisation committed to promoting equal representation of people with disability in advertising, media and education.

Cátia is the Co-founder of All Means All – The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education and a Director of Down Syndrome Australia. She’s also a Director of the Attitude Foundation, an organisation that works to ensure realistic inclusion of people with disability in media.

Cátia has spoken at the United Nation and has been a finalist at the Australian Human Rights Awards. She won the Community Excellence Award at the National Disability Awards in 2017.

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