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Advocacy for Inclusion is a Disabled Peoples Organisation which means our board, members and staff are a majority of people with disabilities.

We represent Canberra’s most marginalised and isolated people with disabilities, those with cognitive disabilities and/or significant communication barriers.

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ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards 2015

Lifetime Achievement in Inclusion

Acceptance speech – Christina Ryan

 

I do have a few words to say in case that surprises anybody, and I’m going to try to speak longer than a sponsor just to make a point.

I think it’s important to recognise that when you’re not fully independent and rely on other people that everything that you do is a team effort and I’ve got 2 full tables of team over here tonight, and I just want to say thanks guys!

I particularly want to thank my disability sisters. The last 20 years with them have been a serious added addition to my life that has made all the difference. Even in the last week when there has been a lot of talk about violence and women, again my disability sisters have been at the front end of it and it’s been a real honour to be part of that.

This isn’t about inclusion. Inclusion is just something in our toolbox everybody, what we’re here to talk about is equality, real equality. And we’re pretty well short of that right now, just in case you thought we might be getting close.

While young women are still being sterilised, we’re not even there yet.

While the levels of violence against women with disabilities and people with disabilities are at the level they’re at, we need to work harder.

While people are forced to live with people that they don’t know and don’t want to live with, we’ve got a problem.

While there’s still segregation in special, sheltered spaces, we’re not doing as much as a community as we could be doing.

While our families and our support people make our decisions for us, we’ve got to work harder and we’ve got to change that.

While we make up half the prison population of Australia, we need to work a hell of a lot harder to do something about that.

While we’re not in positions of power just about anywhere, well we need to change that because we should be making our decisions and our own policy, thanks.

So, we’ve still got a hell of a lot of work to do, an enormous amount of work to do. I’m going to let you drink some champagne tonight, and I’m glad I’m not up early because I’m going to make a dent on that champagne, but I’ll see you all at work on Monday because equality is where we’re heading.

Thanks very much. 

Latest Policy Work

Response to Australian Human Rights Commission Response to Australian Human Rights Commission OPCAT in Australia Consultation Paper, July 2017

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Submission to the Draft General Comment No. 5 (2017) Article 19: Living independently and being included in the community

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Submission to: Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee Inquiry to address outcomes of National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 Word PDF


 

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