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'Living my way' documentary empowers Indigenous people with disabilities

Date posted: 14 April 2014

The prevalence of disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is significantly higher than in the general population. A new documentary film aims to increase awareness in Indigenous communities to recognise disability and help Indigenous people with disabilities to feel empowered.

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do not recognise disability or identify as disabled. It is important that the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Indigenous communities is led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The NDIS presents an opportunity for Indigenous people with disabilities to substantially engage, for the first time for many, with the disability service system. This is a new conversation in many Indigenous communities so there is a need to plan for the long-term to ensure the opportunities are realised and that all people with disability are empowered to participate in a truly inclusive society. 

This week, Jake Briggs Chairman of the Aboriginal Disability Network NSW, was proud to participate in the launch of Living My Way, a short documentary that features the stories of five Indigenous people with disability, their community, their goals, challenges and achievements, how they live 'their way'. He was happy to take part in this film and share his story.

The film provides a positive and accessible message for Indigenous people with disability, their families and communities. The Aboriginal Disability Network NSW has begun showing the documentary to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who might usually say that they don't have people with disability in their community. After they see it, it should hopefully resonate so they might talk about a family member or friend who needs a bit of help and support.

Source: Ramp Up


ABC Ramp Up 
Ph: 139 994


Last updated: 14 April 2014
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