Our first event for the Disability Rights Law Centre was held on Monday 27 June.
Patron of the Law Centre and former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, spoke to a full house at Smith's Alternative about his experiences of inclusion, advocating for himself and his new book "Finding a Way"
"Inclusion isn't going to come to us: we have to go out and get it"
Graeme spoke passionately about inclusion being everybody's responsibility, and that we would not have an inclusive society until people with disabilities are included and attitudes change.
“The broader community works consciously and unconsciously to exclude us. Barriers are constantly erected to keep us out… and the attitude barrier, where you exclude us with the soft bigotry of low expectations.”
Graeme kindly took questions from the crowd which ranged from the approach to language, the use of quotas and his thoughts on accessible working environments.
We would like to thank everyone who supported Advocacy for Inclusion on the night. We would also like to give a special mention to our Board, Nigel and his staff at Smith’s Alternative, Mel our Self-advocate, and especially Graeme Innes for his time and insight.
You can view the entire event on youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIz-qv4AEtk
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