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It is vitally important that the voices of people with disability are prioritised during the Disability Royal Commission. Pieces written or produced by members of the public with disability can be found here.

The blog posts do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of People with Disability Australia (PWDA). Blog posts are contributed by individual people with disability in response to our call for pitches, and lightly edited by our Communications team. PWDA disclaims any liability for the accuracy and sufficiency of the information in these blog posts, excluding any editor’s notes that may be added.

Our Voice
Illustration of a woman looking at an org chart.

Working below the poverty line: Jacy’s Australian Disability Enterprise Story

How did I wind up at an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE)?

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Torso level photo of three Black and disabled folx (a non-binary person holding a cane, a non-binary person in a power wheelchair, and a femme on a folding chair) raising their fists on the sidewalk in front of a white wall.

My queer, disabled body and the struggle for safety in healthcare

Being queer, trans, disabled and mad is an experience of joy, beauty, community and safety. Despite this, I am yet to meet another person with the same shared identities that hasn’t also experienced abuse, violence, neglect or exploitation.

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A sillhouetted person wearing a hoodie and facing away from the camera sits on the ground in the dark, lit by dim streetlights.

DES: Demoralised, Exploited, Stuck

Nothing about my DES experience has helped me, writes Arietta. I do not matter - and never will - to a system that is designed to squeeze profit out of me with no care for my well-being.

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A woman onstage with a harp and a microphone.

I just wanted a job!

Industrial laws and practices favour people who can work a 40 hour week, every week, between particular set hours. Those who require more flexibility are often overlooked, even though they can get the job done perfectly well – just not in the usual 9-5 fashion.

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