Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these.
Taking disability from condition to culture
As an organisation in it's 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 binge on welfare or being an objectified motif (symbol) of inspiration porn. We the disabled now have the vehicle to reclaim and remold 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?
Our Aims & Values
- To provide new techniques to assist the quality of life and independence of persons with a disability though the advancement of technology.
To give persons with a disability a forum in which they have a right to express their views towards government policy and matters relevant to disability.
To enable fair and equal media representation through the development of news and original content.
To provide education about disability and related issues with the hope that it will reduce discrimination.
To establish an online community to encourage more interaction between disabled and able bodied people.
To accept the concept of “disability” as an identity and not a dominate discourse.
Formed 3rd December 2010