Disability

“Persons with disabilities face discrimination and barriers that restrict them from participating in society on an equal basis with others every day. They are denied their rights to be included in the general school system, to be employed, to live independently in the community, to move freely, to vote, to participate in sport and cultural activities, to enjoy social protection, to access justice, to choose medical treatment and to enter freely into legal commitments such as buying and selling property… Persons with disabilities have, however, remained largely ‘invisible’, often side-lined in the rights debate and unable to enjoy the full range of human rights.”

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

One in 5 people in Australia have a disability and are 2.7 times more likely to be at risk of poverty than other OECD countries. source

Australia is a signatory to the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. source

Around 15 per cent of the world’s population, or estimated 1 billion people, live with disability. They are the world’s largest minority. source

There are at least 93 million children with a disability in the world. source

Eighty per cent of people with a disability live in developing countries. source

More than 90 per cent of children with a disability in developing countries do not attend school. source

Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues are covered in the Mental Health & Wellbeing section. source

People With Disability has a dedicated section for students on rights, campaigns and news. source

Australian Network on Disability: Stats, facts and infographics on employment and inclusive language. source

United Nations: How can we ensure equity for people with a disability? source

Australian Human Rights Commission: Disability rights in Australia, inquiries and action plans. source

UNICEF:  All about children with a disability – one of the most marginalised and excluded groups in society. source

World Health Organisation: 10 facts on disability. source

Equal Opportunity Tasmania: When is disability discrimination against the law in Tasmania? source

End the Cycle source

Check out our YouTube playlist for some short videos on Disability.

The book, Rafting: A Wheelchair Won’t Stop Us, by Tasmanian author and artist, Janelle McMillan OAM is in every Tasmanian school library. (online teacher notes)

What It’s Like To Experience A Disability and What It’s Like To Have A Brother Or Sister With A Disability: Young people sharing their experiences.

End the cycle of poverty and disability: Videos and a video toolkit to share stories of disability.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania: have a trainer speak at your school, download posters and other resources.

Tasmanian Department of Education: commitment to students with disability.

Australian Human Rights Commission Disability Discrimination Act guide to getting an education.

Projectable: find out if you could be a disability carer.

Advocacy Tasmania: listens and advises on rights and helps you have your say.

Speak Out: counselling and advocacy for people with intellectual disability who are affected by violence, abuse and exploitation in Tasmania.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania: advice and education about discrimination law and action on complaints of disability discrimination.

The Association for Children with Disability (Tas): information, advocacy, training and peer support.

Brain Injury Association Tasmania: awareness and understanding of acquired brain injury.

Disability Services: A Tasmanian Government unit that sits within the division of Housing, Disabilities and Community Services.

Department of Education (DoE) Support Services: support the inclusion of students with disability in state schools.

Aurora Disability Services
A service for people with disabilities providing vocation training, life skills, and leisure opportunities.

Wellways: services to support people who have a disability or mental health issue and their friends and family.

Anglicare Anglicare (disability support):  provides support to people with disabilities around the NDIS, clinical and therapy support, and daily living support.

Hobart City Mission (disability Services): provide a wide range of services to people living with disability.

Other learning resources

A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on global issues such as Disability. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.

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