01 May 2017

The truth about growing up disabled by Dylan Alcott

We’re excited to announce that Dylan Alcott was today announced as 2017 Patron for  International Day of People with Disability. Dylan is one of Australia’s most successful and well recognised Paralympians. Dylan said that as Patron, he will be inviting everyone to continue a national conversation about what we can all do to normalise disability.

"Disability remains this thing that nobody really wants to talk about. There is still this negative stigma that having a disability is this weird, unlucky and really ugly thing. For kids with disability that don't have any confidence, its really really hard for them to get over this [stigma] and to get into the world to do what they want to do.  It [negative stigma] really restricts everything that they want to achieve"...   
"I think it is really important moving forward that we as a society change our perceptions of disability away from this idea that disability is this really bad, unlucky, and weird thing and stop being so scared to talk about it.  We need to realise that its ok to have any disability.  We need to further our expectations of what people with disability can really do".  [Dylan Alcott]

We stand with Dylan on addressing negative stigma. We invite everyone to have conversations that challenge their own perceptions of disability and to further their expectations of what people with disability can really do!

Join the conversation!!


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