Archive for May, 2014

Frostie the Wheelchair Snow Goat

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Happy Monday.

Commissioner Graeme Innes asks you save the date – Wed. 2nd July 2014

Monday, May 26th, 2014

The laudable Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM will be giving his last speech on Wednesday the 2nd July 2014 at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Mr Innes, who was appointed by the Howard Government in December 2005, finishes in the role July 4.

More details to follow.


DLU Friday Round Up!

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Almost every Friday, we post disability news from around the world here on the Some of Our Parts blog.

Here’s a sample from this week’s news reel:

Washable paint walls?

Department of Social Services Graduate Program

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

The Department of Social Services is offering a challenging and meaningful career at the heart of the Australian Government’s social policy agenda.

The DSS have a central role in delivering policies and programs that improve the lifetime wellbeing of people and families in Australia. They are responsible for about a quarter of the Australian Government Budget, responding to need across people’s lives, encouraging independence and participation, and supporting a cohesive society.

The Department is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workforce that supports the employment of people with disability. As an education institution that shapes our future leaders, the DSS considers it imperative to work together to provide transitional opportunities for university graduates with disability, and strengthen relationships between tertiary education and employment. Currently, DSS is participating in the Australian Public Service (APS) RecruitAbility Scheme Pilot. The purpose of the Scheme is to support and increase employment of people with disability.

Please email Andy Paras, Director of Learning, Development and Diversity, at if you require any further information.

Budget 2014 – What does it mean for Disability?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

What does the budget mean for you and your disability?


Human Rights Arts and Film Festival – ON NOW

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival is showing its commitment to improving the accessibility of the festival for all festivalgoers. HRAFF’s accessible services have been made possible thanks to the support of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. We make every effort to ensure our accessibility information is correct; please contact us if you find any errors so we can update our information.

Download a text version of the program here (Word)

Download a text version of the program here (PDF)

For information regarding service dogs, wheelchair access, companion cards, audio description, assistive listening, AUSLAN and captions, see the HRAFF’s accessibility page.


Law Week

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Calling all legal eagles! It’s Law Week in Melbourne next week starting the 12th of May.

Law Week is an annual festival of events that makes learning about the law easy. Held in May each year, the seven-day program has taken place across Victoria since 1980. Presented by the Victoria Law Foundation, Law Week offers Victorians the opportunity to find answers to everyday legal issues, go behind the scenes at the courts, or simply get carried away in the drama of the law.

Some program highlights include:

Disability and Feminism! TONIGHT!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

What it’s like to identify as a woman with disability and a feminist? Are there particular antagonisms between disability as a political category and feminism as a political project? What is the social model of disability and what can feminists learn from it?

Just some of the areas feminists and disability theorists and activists share space in are: body autonomy, positive difference, reproductive rights, street harassment, sexual assault, sex positivity, sex work and media portrayals of women and disability. There’s a lot to talk about!

And just as with feminism, we’re seeing more and more public conversations about disability but they’re not always positive or helpful. Let’s have a look at them together – where they overlap, intersect and sometimes, flat out contradict one another, causing tension, misunderstandings, and sometimes, harm. Disability is certainly a subject that mainstream feminism needs to get a lot more literate around, so this will hopefully make a contribution.

The panel will feature:

Dr Shakira Hussein – writer, researcher, academic, feminist

Jax Jacki Brown – perfomer, writer, educator, feminist

Jessica Knight – poet, arts writer, artist, feminist

Cherchez La Femme is held at The Duke, which we chose largely because it’s fully wheelchair accessible. But my goodness, the food is delicious too! Right near Flinders Street Station, opposite the Forum Theatre, with parking available across the road at Fed Square.

Tuesday 6 May 7-9pm
The Duke Level One (upstairs via elevator)
Cnr Russell & Flinders Sts Melbourne
Tickets $15 online & $20 on the door*
Kitchen open all night


DLU Friday Round Up!

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Welcome back to another week of the DLU Friday round up. Public holidays and long weekends have meant that we’ve missed a couple of Friday Round Ups, but hold tight, I’ve got a bunch of the best and most exciting disability related news articles and events around Melbourne for you today.

And finally, some wisdom from Gothe