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Samantha Connor – Page 2

‘Learn, Respect, Celebrate’ – and other trite, white, phrases.

There’s a running joke in the disability sector that goes something like this. Q: If the 3rd of December is International Day of People with a Disability, what happens on the other 364 days? A: Discrimination. I’m reminded each year on that day by the hypocrisy of the sector, who hold breakfast events to celebrate […]

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I’m Not Here For Your Entertainment

‘How would you do that?’ I asked the job candidate. She’d applied for a job in the disability sector, and I was interviewing – one of the questions related to the ‘how’ of making systemic change in the sector. ‘I would find people and get them to tell their stories,’ she said earnestly, and I […]

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An Open Letter to Jules Anderson

Dear Jules, At three thirty today, Parliament are being asked to say yes to a national inquiry into disability violence, abuse and neglect. I heard today that you are standing shoulder to shoulder at Parliament with other disability advocates, making your voice heard. When I watched the Four Corners episode, where you talked about being […]

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Her Absence Filled The World

Her absence filled the world. It’s an image by Kentridge, a simple sketch of a figure standing on an empty hill with the words ‘her absence filled the world’ sprawled across it. A desolate image that makes you think about loneliness and loss, and grief. For me, it makes me think of something other. I […]

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Public stripping

I stood there, in my underwear. They were pale blue, with small flowers on them. I remember it very clearly – mostly because there were four men in the room who I had never met before. They were looking at my body, and my mother wore a worried expression. The tallest man touched me. “You […]

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I call myself an Australian

My parents arrived in this country on a boat, and I call myself an Australian. As a disabled woman, I am in a minority group, yet I call myself an Australian. But according to racist pages promoting a new rally – the ‘Reclaim Australia Rally’ – ‘patriotic Australians’ need to stand together and stop the […]

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The Secret Lives of Us

The lives of people with disability are full of secrets. Not secrets-on-purpose, but accidental secrets. Only a female wheelchair user knows the importance of a well-fitting bra so that your straps don’t fall down when travelling – only a sheltered workshop employee knows what it is like to sweat over some menial task and be […]

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I sat down too long one day – and then something happened

I sat down too long one day, and something happened.  Your eyes stopped connecting with mine, but I expected that. After all, I was no longer on your level. Instead of being an Amazonian five foot ten inches, I was shorter – barely half your height, on wheels and a titanium frame. I expected that.  […]

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I Wish I Had Killed You Before You Were Born

I didn’t want you. I wish I had killed you before you were born. That’s not what is written in this article, but that is what I hear. I read this article today, a story about a couple who terminated their pregnancy at 28 weeks – because their child had a slight physical deformity.Frank and […]

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I Have A Dream

In 1963, Martin Luther King delivered what became one of the most famous speeches of all time – ‘I have a dream’. Tonight, on the eve of International Day of People with Disability, I wonder what that dream would have looked like had King been Australian, and disabled. He might have talked about Australia signing […]

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