Women debate disability
DESPITE the best efforts of organisations such as DADAA, people living with disabilities are still marginalised in the workforce.
Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts WA chairwoman Helen Errington said it was women with disabilities who found it the hardest.
A forum to discuss the issue is on in Victoria Park at VisAbility on Thursday.
“Women with disability, in particular rural women with disability, have been the most marginalised of all disability populations when it comes to leadership and governance,”Ms Errington said.
She said the forum would raise awareness about women with disabilities gaining leadership roles.
The forum will include talks from some of WA’s most successful women leaders in policy, disability and arts.
Speaking from her own experience, Ms Errington said she had to overcome a lot of myths and negative attitudes to disability before she could attain a leadership role.
“There were exceptional people around but by and large the broader groups in the community with disability were marginalised,” she said. “Some of this has to do with expectations of the ambitions for people with disability by society and people can be fearful of engaging with people with disability – WHAT: Women With Disability in Governance forum WHERE: VisAbility, The Perron Centre, 61 Kitchener Avenue WHEN: 11am-4pm Thursday RSVP: Call Ricky on 9430 6616
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“I felt others were getting a better go than me because of my disability, but I just needed a few resources to give me a leg up.
“I could think, write, speak and learn, I just needed a wheelchair and a ramp.”
While Ms Errington says the marginalisation was rarely intentional, positive promotion was needed to help people get over their “automatic” views.
Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts WA chairwoman and Carlisle resident Helen Errington.