20/20 vision welcomes
The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a new website of success stories to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act.
The launch of the website follows the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes’ success in court recently over the quality of announcements on Sydney trains.
Mr Innes’ story is just one of 20 told by the Australian Human Rights Commission which changed the lives of people with disability.
“Laws set the ground rules, but its people’s own actions which can change their lives, and the lives of many others,” Commissioner Innes said.
“These stories, told in short films, relate the extraordinary actions of ordinary Australians with disability challenging the discrimination they experience.”
He said in another effort to mark the anniversary of the Act the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce, would launch films featuring 20 inspiring stories in March.
He said each film in the Twenty Years: Twenty Stories collection focused on a person who had changed their life and how that change had benefited others.
“These stories are more than just words and pictures,” Commissioner Innes said.
“They’re about the buses that we ride on, the buildings that we go into, the schools we attend, and the movies that are now captioned and audio described.”
He said 20 per cent of Australians had a disability and the law was there to help and protect them from discrimination.
“But that law is of little value unless people lodge complaints and see them through,” Commissioner Innes said.
The Commission’s new website Twenty Years: Twenty Stories can be accessed at this PS News link.
Edition 347F, 8 February 2013