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Introduction to Week 6

In this final week of Working with Disability we explore the importance of advocacy and activism for people with disabilities and, at times, their families and supporters. In the above …

From human rights to individual lives

In the above video, Therese Sands discusses the use of global human rights frameworks as a systemic advocacy tool to make local change, and gives some useful examples of this. …

Acting local: influencing governments

In the above video, Therese describes the importance of working independently from government influence to progress the rights of people with disabilities whilst simultaneously maintaining an open and productive dialogue …

Fighting for what’s right

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 …

From self-advocacy to societal effects

In the video above, Zoe Partington-Sollinger and Denise Beckwith give some examples of self-advocacy and individual advocacy. Zoe explains how certain experiences in her life drove her to become a …

Acting local: improving community life

In the last step, we touched on the importance of advocates supporting one another and working together to improve individual lives and communities. In this step, we look at Touching …

Valuing diverse forms of contribution

In the above video, John Gilroy and Denise Beckwith describe some of the diverse ways that people with disabilities contribute. As the video presenters illustrate, people with disabilities are making …

What is contribution?

This week we look at the diverse contributions of people with disabilities. In the above video, Educators Louisa and Karen kick off the week by introducing different definitions of contribution. …

Expanding ideas about contribution

Despite the common representation of disabled people in Western societies as people who don’t contribute, people with disabilities do contribute in a multitude of different ways. The presenters in the …

Who cares?

Just like last week when we unpacked what we meant by the word “access”, this week we’ll be exploring the concepts of “care” and “support” and the different meanings that …