Australians with a disability are not victims or heros; but a normal expression of the diversity of our community.
It is time to value ability.
One in five Australians has a disability. Even though that means we are talking about over 4 million people, we have not made good progress in making sure Australia is disability friendly.
In Australia, people with a disability are half as likely to have a job as people without a disability. And almost half of people with a disability live in poverty. These statistics makes Australia the worst in the developed world. Read more about this in a recent report.
Things like ramps, making sure light-switches can be reached by people in wheelchairs and accessible transport are all simple ways to make a difference. But even more important than that, is changing our views and prejudices about disability. Adopting a CAN DO attitude, means we all think about what people with a disability can do, not what they can't.
Do you think another world is possible?
There are enough Australians with a profound or serious disability to populate Adelaide. That's 1.2 million people.