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We know there are lots of amazing advocates who are promoting inclusion and removing barriers for Australian’s living with a disability, but we’ve chosen some of our favourites for 2019. Be sure to give them a follow so you can see their amazing work on a daily basis!

Carly Findlay

Carly is an Australian speaker, writer and disability activist who started her career by blogging about her skin condition, Ichthyosis. Her success has led to numerous awards, including being named in the Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards and regularly appearing on television shows.

Nowadays, she has written a part memoir, part manifesto book called Say Hello! The title is a direct reference her daily life, where strangers will often start a conversation with rude comments, personal questions and assumptions, instead of a simple “hello”.

Dylan Alcott

Dylan Alcott is a Triple J radio host, motivational speaker, Australian Paralympic athlete and an overall legend! He was born with a tumour on his spine and at just 3 days old, was given an operation which ultimately left him as a paraplegic. Dylan discovered Paralympic sports at the age of 12 and went on to become the world’s youngest wheelchair basketball gold medallist in 2008.

Since then, he now spends his time jet setting as a wheelchair tennis superstar in addition to partly running the disability and accessibility training start-up Get Skilled Access. He really has devoted his life to giving young Australians with a disability more opportunities by getting involved in sport and study through the Dylan Alcott Foundation and an all-abilities music festival called Ability-Fest.

Senator Jordon Steele-John

Well, if it isn’t impressive enough that Senator Jordon Steele John is the youngest ever senator, he is also the first person who has a disability to sit in the Upper House. Jordon started off his career by studying politics at the Macquarie University, while dedicating his spare time to youth and disability advocacy.

He continues his advocacy as a Senator in Western Australia, by making sure the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is fully implemented and gives all Australian’s with a disability the choice and control they deserve.

Catia Malaquias

Catia is the owner of a not for profit organisation Starting With Julius, which is committed to promoting equal representation of people with a disability in the media. Her son, Julius, who has Down Syndrome was the one who motivated Catia to create the organisation, in addition to becoming an advocate for disability.

She is the co-founder of All Means All – The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education and is a Director of Down Syndrome of Australia. As a lawyer and a mum of three, we think Catia is definitely a super woman and someone to start following!

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