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To engage in society.
Inquiry into social inclusion
Last year an inquiry into social inclusion among Victorians with disability was carried out. It was undertaken by the Committee for Family and Community Development. This is a committee of the Victorian Parliament. The inquiry looked into how people with disabilities are included or excluded in society. It developed a definition for social inclusion. There were 25 recommendations in the report of the inquiry. The Government tabled its response to the report last month. It says the recommendations will help to inform the new State Disability Plan 2017-2020.
I run an editing and writing business called Artful Words. A few years ago I made a website for my business. Now I am creating a new one. It is important to me that my website is accessible to all visitors. I have been learning a lot about this. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines discuss issues with website accessibility. I need to think about these as I build my new website. Development, design and content all matter. There are also tools I can use to check the accessibility of my new website.
You can help the Victorian government to do a better job for people with a disability. The government wants to make sure the Victorian State Disability Plan is on the right track and making the changes that matter to people with a disability. The plan is the ideas the government has to improve the lives of people with a disability. The government is asking people with a disability who are over 18 and living in Victoria to answer some questions. The questions will take between five and 15 minutes to do. The questions will be available for you to answer until 29 May 2015.
Kurt Fearnley has won three gold medals for wheelchair racing at the Paralympic Games. He has raced in many marathons and crawled over the tough Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea. In his book, “Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons & Kokoda” he shows what people with disabilities can do. He says it is important for everyone to be treated the same. He writes how his family and friends taught him to have self-confidence and not give up. His determination helped him to become a great athlete.
CamFind is a free and easy to use phone application that allows you to identify objects by taking photos. CamFind can be a helpful tool, especially for a person without sight. BrailleTouch is a program that allows you to type on an iPhone touch screen, using a Braille keyboard. While I found this application a bit frustrating to use, I like the idea of it.
Many characters with disabilities appeared in major films last year. They were in films like “The Theory of Everything”, “Still Alice”, “Gone Girl” and “American Sniper”. But just about all those characters were played by actors who did not have the character’s disability. Characters with disabilities are rarely seen in Australian movies and on television. Australian actress Kate Hood says not enough scripts are being written by writers with disabilities about people with disabilities. Casting agencies find it hard to get roles for people with disabilities. Actors Equity wants more characters with disabilities played by actors with disabilities.