We live in an ableist world, designed to support the needs of abled people. Our housing, our education system, our healthcare, our justice system, our workplaces, our shops, our communities, are all designed with the abilities and capacities of abled people in mind.
This means that people with disability can experience discrimination, segregation and double standards every day, in every aspect of our lives, and this is simply accepted by many people as “normal”.
It’s important to remember that this doesn’t have to be “normal”. The way our systems and our community are set up is a series of choices made by governments and policy makers.
More than that, the Australian Government is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This means Australian governments are supposed to ensure that people with disability in Australia can enjoy rich and fulfilling lives, equal to others in society.
Australia is committed to a very specific set of standards when it comes to our inclusion and access, and these standards are not currently being met. The UN looked at Australia’s compliance with the convention in 2019, and has reminded our country that it needs to get better at ensuring our rights.