I’m at the FECCA conference on Advancing Multiculturalism in Adelaide, as part of the interfaith Australian Partnership of Religious Organizations roundtable. I’ll try to blog some bits I find
interesting. These are purely random observations, not an attempt to cover everything.
Paraphrases in normal text, “quotes in quote marks”, (my own observations in brackets).
PANEL ON DISABILITY
(Two very moving and insightful presentations from persons with disabilities. Sorry, these few remarks can’t capture the strength of these inspiring people… But anyway, here’s a few bits and pieces) Hon Kelly Vincent (Dignity for Disability party):
“You can’t access justice if you can’t access the building.”
Christian Astourian (FECCA disability committee chair)
There are a million people with disabilities in Australia who come from a non-English speaking background; they take up services and support for disabilities only half as much as those from an
English-speaking background. Services are supplied largely in English, and non-English speakers feel marginalized and excluded.
“I strongly believe that in this world we are all connected in one way or another.”
Rather than looking at people with disabilities as liability, we should look at the contribution to society.
Advice for parents: Don’t hold back from and be overprotective. Empower children with disabilities, the disability is only one part of them.
“I really believe that in this life we should do the best with what we’ve got.”