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Streamed live on Nov 21, 2018
Opening Session: Keynote: Nic Steenhout
Session 1: Presentation 1: Scott Avery, First Peoples Disability Network ‘Culture is Inclusion’: Re-imagining accessibility and inclusion through the power of story telling.
‘Culture is Inclusion’ is a remarkable and compelling narrative of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability presented their personal histories. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability are some of the most marginalised people in Australia, and giving power to their voice has given unique insights into what access and inclusion really means to people who have been isolated in our society.
Written from the personal accounts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, researcher Scott Avery from the First Peoples Disability Network has complied a narrative that transports the reader to another world, hidden to most Australians. It is a world in which people are exposed to social inequality and injustices that most other Australians take for granted. Yet despite facing overwhelming disadvantage, these proud and resilient people continue to defy their experience by embracing their traditional culture of an inclusive society.
Rich in data and personal testimony, ‘Culture is Inclusion’ is a missing chapter in Australia’s social history. Compelling and confronting, the stories leaves you wondering, ‘How can this be happening in our country?’ It ends with a dare. Whether you work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or people with disability, or is someone who cares about social justice and looks to make a difference, it will ask you to re-imagine what is an inclusive and accessible society for all Australians.