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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
The camera looks through the centre of a coil of barbed wire attached to a fence. Through the gaps in the wire we see a long, brown building, a square tower, an electricity pole and, in the far distance, tree covered hills.

First Nations people with disability and the criminal justice system – part 1

Marisa Sposaro (Doin’ Time, 3CR) interviews Professor Eileen Baldry (Criminologist, UNSW Sydney) on First Nations people with disability and the criminal justice system.

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Photograph of Alex Creece, a white woman with short hair, large colourful glasses, a knitted jumper with a fruit pattern, and a big toothy smile. Behind her is the ocean, a peer, and part of the shore.

Rethinking recruitment

In theory, perhaps it seems fair that the person who says the right things, the person who fits, should win the job. But therein lies an implication that you are as valuable as your charisma. Not your skills, knowledge, or potential to grow, writes Alex Creece.

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A photograph of a smiling young woman with short, dark hair, in front of a white door. The woman is wearing a red, floral dress.

They’re denying us a basic human right, and that will never be okay

I eventually won the fight to get the provisions I needed, but the road was convoluted and demeaning, writes Hannah Diviney.

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Accessible education should be the norm, not the alternative

I don’t think I will ever be able to describe what it meant to me, the first time a teacher asked “What can I do to make this easier for you, to support you?”. That should be the norm, writes Issy Hay.

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