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Fighting for what's right

In this video, different people with disabilities talk about their personal and professional experiences with advocacy and activism.

As you come to the end of the Working with Disability course, it is worth remembering why advocacy and activism are so important for people with disabilities, their families and supporters. Watch the above video, to hear how our guest presenters are involved in campaigning and why.

Living a good life means having dignity, respect and equality. It is a life that enables each of us to fully realise our desires and capabilities, and the possibility of flourishing. Jordanna mentions that for her, it is essential to “fight for what’s right, fight for what I need” — and that this often involves advocating beyond her own needs. For both Duncan and Antoni, it is also about making disability more visible, and joining together to increase the impact across different kinds of campaigns. For Vivienne, it is important to campaign for living facilities that enable severely disabled people to live a good life and make a contribution.

We would like to thank all our participants for sharing their experiences and perspectives throughout our two courses, and thus advocating for people with disabilities everywhere.

We provide a link to an audio description version of this video in the See Also section below.

portraits of the five guest speakers, laughing and smiling

Talking points

  • How do the views of the different presenters relate to the themes we have discussed this week?
  • Why do they say that disability advocacy is so important?

This ends the Basics for Week 6. In the next step, we Expand our interests through an exploration of social media and its role in advocacy and activism.

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