Pride Fest 2022

Pride Fest 2022 was awesome!!! There were heaps of activities going on and ideas shared.

Listen to the speech we heard from Professor Simon Darcy sharing his experience acquiring disability and learning how to live a good life in a different way than he had before.

We enjoyed songs by Lara Nakhle, a speech and championship pole dance by Deb Roach and an Exhibition of art by Amy Claire Mills

Young woman with brown hair and brown eyes, singing into a microphone, wearing an off-the-shoulder top.

We had an interactive wall of remembrance for disabled suffering, which people could contribute their thoughts to.

Our panel of 4 disabled people, one speaking into a microphone, an Auslan interpreter and our host, who is a wheelchair user.
Panel discussion

The Panel discussion with Tiktok tourettes advocate: Monica Nguyen, Deaf Yourstory team member, Fiona McClean, PhD and queer advocate Dr Olivia Evans, Deaf Rainbow member Bronek LeMay and artist Amy Claire Mills gave disabled people space to share their experiences and be heard.

Woman speaking into a microphone with a laptop on her knees
Fiona McClean from Yourstory, helped people make submissions to the Disability Royal Commission, then joined our panel.

We made submissions to the Royal Commission on Disability with help from the YourStory support team.

People expressed their creativity with arts and crafts activities for all ages, abilities and sensory needs. Lara, our blind performer used modelling clay, Our neurodiverse winners made t-shirts with fabric paint.

A young Asian man speaks into a microphone, standing next to a t-shirt that says "Migrant Refugees with disabilities exist".
Head and shoulders shot of Senator Jordon Steele-John, smiling.  He has glasses and a beard and is wearing a suit and tie.


Statement of Support from Senator Jordon Steele- John, our Only Visibly Disabled Member of Federal Parliament

“I believe that disability pride is the key to the continued development and growth of our community and the power behind the last big push needed to break down some of the most complex barriers our disabled community faces. Today’s celebration not only helps to achieve that, but also celebrates the immense and ongoing achievements of our community in what has been an especially challenging last few years for many. I wish I could be there with you all today – but trust that you will celebrate that little bit harder on my behalf. 

In solidarity, strength and pride.- Jordon Steele John

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