ABC features content for, by and about Australians living with disability

The stories of more than 50 Australians with disabilities will be shown and heard on ABC to mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) tomorrow.

ABC has again partnered with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the 4.4 million Australians living with a disability.

The partnership creates 50 short-term positions within ABC for people with disabilities to host and co-host television and radio programs and feature their content across all ABC sites, radio, social media, television, and ABC iview. Top content will be shown across all ABC platforms until December 10th. The partnership also funds the ABC Regional Storytelling Scholarship, which provides hands-on experience each year to two content creators with a disability living experience. The scholarship is open to applications for 2022 tomorrow.

Former ABC News Director and Executive Sponsor of ABC Inclusive, Gavin Morris, said ABC has been leading the way in amplifying the voices of people with disabilities, so that their experiences can be shared with all Australians.

“As a direct result of the group’s staff-led work, ABC Inclusive, and the funding provided by DSS, ABC offers the largest variety of content designed for, by, and around people with disabilities.”

Minister for Families and Social Services, Ann Ruston, said the partnership provided an opportunity for Australians with disabilities to hear their unique voices, while inspiring others to pursue their dreams.

“Our goal with this program is to help break down barriers and allow content creators with disabilities to participate and thrive in the activities of their choice,” Minister Ruston said.

Highlights include curated groups on ABC iview and ABC listen; Co-hosted programs on ABC Radio and ABC News digital and video articles.

Reformulate, which showcases the diversity of disability, returns to ABC TV from 2:00 PM tomorrow (Friday, December 3) and then on ABC iview and presents the story of Angel Dixon, whose work is centered around activism and research and is not defined by her disability. Producer, Merit Hassanan, said Reformulate It was a wonderful and rewarding opportunity to tell unique stories. “I hope that Reformulate It shows the audience that a disability is not a one-size-fits-all.”

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For more information, please contact our Communications Leader, John Woodward at Woodward.john@abc.net.au

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