9 Disability Advocates Who You Need To See In Your Feed

9 Disability Advocates Who You Need To See In Your Feed

December 3 is International Day of People With Disability, which marks an opportunity to celebrate and recognise all people with disabilities for their achievements. To get the party started we thought we’d share some great people doing awesome things in the disability space who are well worth a follow.

International Day of People With Disability is also an opportunity to understand the discrimination that many people living with disabilities face and acknowledge the ways in which we can all become more aware and respectful of experiences that may differ from our own. Bursting your social media bubble is one way to broaden understanding and welcome new stories to your daily scroll sesh.

So, without further ado, here is an extensive (but not exclusive) list of some stellar accounts run by people living with disabilities…

Amy Marks / @amymarksthesepics

 

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Amy Marks took part in our very own Young Social Pioneers program in 2016, created an awesome film in 2017 in partnership with SBS for National Youth Week (which you can check out here) and is currently a YLab associate. She is a filmmaker and content producer with a focus on all things disability, aiming to break down the counterproductive narratives that so often surround people living with a disability.

Madison de Rozario / @madison.___   

 

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Representing Australia, Madison took home two silver medals from the 2016 Rio Paralympics and won gold twice at the World Para Athletics Championships! If that wasn’t enough, she is also completing an online uni degree in business and uses her platform as a public figure to kickstart conversations about body positivity.

Cory Lee / @curbfreecorylee

 

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Cory runs a travel blog dedicated to sharing travel experiences as a wheelchair user. He uses social media as a tool to connect and help other wheelchair users, and to highlight that having a disability does not limit one’s ability to see the world. He also conducts interviews with other wheelchair users and travellers, has partnered with National Geographic and is a regular podcast guest.

Jax Jacki Brown / @jaxjackibrown  

 

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Jax Jacki Brown is a passionate disability and LGBTIQ+ rights activist, writer, educator and producer. She is a member of multiple equity boards including the Victorian Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality, the LGBTIQ+ Health and Human Services Working Group and the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Disability Reference Group. Jax is also the co-producer of a disability performance troupe, Quippings: Disability Unleashed.

First Peoples Disability Network / @fpdn_australia

 

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The First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) is a national organisation designed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities and individuals living with a disability. Governed by First Peoples with a lived experience of disability, FPDN proactively engage and advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

Nathan Basha / @nathanbasha

 

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Nathan pairs a job at Nova FM with his own motivational speaker business NB* No Barriers. He has spoken at forums, conferences, universities and schools both nationally and internationally, to educate, motivate and inspire self confidence. He was a nominee for Young Australian of the Year in 2016, and has been an ambassador for the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign and Bus Stop Films.

Annie Segarra / @annieelainey

 

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Annie Segarra is a YouTuber, artist, and intersectional activist for LGBTIQ+ and disability rights. Annie identifies as queer, Latina and disabled, and is a passionate advocate for accessibility, body positivity and increased representation of marginalized communities. Her therapy dog Bailey is also an adorable superstar.

Jessica Moody / @deafferent

 

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Jessica took part in our 2016 Young Social Pioneers program, and is a theatre maker and co-founder of Deafferent Theatre. Designed to support artistic and deaf/hard of hearing communities, Deafferent produce bilingual theatre and public events that are accessible. In 2016 Deafferent took home a trophy for ‘Best Emerging Producer’ at the Melbourne Fringe and the theatre’s production of ‘Black is the Colour’ received a nomination for two Green Room Awards.

Delta Society Australia / @deltasociety

 

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The Delta Society are a not-for-profit organisation “helping dogs to help people, one paw at a time”. Delta work closely with families and individuals to find forever homes for furry support companions,  and run programs in hospitals, schools (Classroom Canines) and workplaces (Paws the Pressure) to bring companionship and stress relief to people across Australia.