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Five of the best: Australian disability activists

July 24, 2018

We know that there are many great people creating awareness and understanding of inclusion and barriers to participation. Here we name a few of our favourites.

1. 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 of the Australian Parliament.

2. Carly Findlay

I looked like this today. Loving the cooler weather! I'm also wearing my @danakinter x @gormanclothing coat and I always have a good day when wearing it. It's for the wear something lucky challenge for #syw18. How about you? Image: woman with red face and short curly dark hair, half smiling. She's wearing a blue and green coat with leaves and bird print on it.

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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.

Carly regularly writes about disability in the media and is currently writing her first memoir, Say Hello, which will be released next year. Make sure you get a copy!

3. Dylan Alcott

FOUR IN A ROW BABY! @australianopen #ausopen

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Dylan Alcott is an Australian Paralympic athlete, Triple J radio host and motivational speaker. He became the youngest wheelchair basketball gold medallist in history at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

Now Dylan is giving young Australians with disability more opportunities to get involved in sport and study through the Dylan Alcott Foundation.

4. Alastair McEwin

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

When we asked Alastair what a perfect world would look like he said: “I think it’s quite simple – attitudes and inclusiveness.”

5. 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.


Main blog image: By robbiesaurus from Smithtown, NY, USA (Dylan Alcott (AUS)) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons