This list includes authors and creatives, both currently active and not, who identify as falling within this project's scope, as people working with a disability. (For the project's definition of 'disability', please see the home page.)
With thanks to Amanda Tinks for assistance in compiling this list.
|Lex Banning||Cerebral palsy.|
|Stuart Barnes||Depression and anxiety.|
|Peter Boyle||Childhood poliomyelitis.|
|Honey Brown||Lower-back injury and paralysis.|
|Dorothy Cottrell||Childhood poliomyelitis.|
|S. H. Courtier||Stroke.|
|Emily Dash||Cerebral palsy.|
|Tim Ferguson||Multiple sclerosis.|
|Johanna Garvin||Cerebral palsy.|
|Liz Hall-Downs||Rheumatoid arthritis.|
|Robert Hoge||Various physical, including leg problems.|
|Andy Jackson||Marfan syndrome.|
|Kit Kavanagh-Ryan||Spastic diplegia and cerebral palsy.|
|Gayle Kennedy||Childhood poliomyelitis, and post-polio syndrome.|
|Lyn Malin||Cerebral palsy.|
|Alan Marshall||Childhood poliomyelitis.|
|Bill Mather-Brown||Childhood poliomyelitis.|
|Gillian Mears||Multiple sclerosis.|
|Kaitlyn Plyley||Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.|
|Kate Richards||Acute psychosis.|
|Gaele Sobott||Muscular dystrophy.|
|David Robert Walker||Blindness.|
|Fiona Wright||Eating disorder.|
Image: Football by ErikSmit, 2 September 2017. Unmodified. CC BY 4.0. Source.
The following is a list (which we do not claim is either complete or comprehensive) of organisations that support artists and creatives with disabilities. (For the project's definition of 'disability', please see the home page.)
|A_tisitic||A team of neurodiverse artists, consultants, and educators, A_tistic aim to bring autistic voices, stories, and perspectives to Australian drama.|
|Australian Theatre of the Deaf||The Australian Theatre of the Deaf makes daring, bilingual theatre for the hearing and the deaf.|
|Back to Back Theatre||Based in Geelong, Back to Back Theatre has a core ensemble of actors and other creative with intellectual disabilities.|
|Bus Stop Films||Run by Genevieve Clay-Smith, Bus Stop Films provides people from marginalised communities (with a particular focus on people with disabilities) access to experience in film-making.|
|DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts)||A Perth-based organisation providing access to the arts for people with disabilities or a lived experience of mental illness.|
|Deafferent Theatre||A theatre company that creates work for and with deaf and non-deaf actors and audiences.|
|Information + Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.)||I.C.E. (Information + Cultural Exchange) was founded in 1984 to work specifically with disadvantaged, vulnerable and emerging Western Sydney communities, artists and creative producers. We create art, amplify Community Cultural Development, build community capacity and enhance cultural vibrancy. Their outreach includes (but is not limited to) people with disability.|
|Outlandish Arts||A disabled-led not-for-profit organisation that supports artists and other organisations.|
|Quippings||A performance troupe that includes emerging and established artists who identify as being deaf and/or disabled and queer or as deaf and/or disabled and allies to the queer community.|
|Raspberry Ripple Productions||Production company led by actor Kate Hood, who has worked in theatre both before and after becoming a wheelchair user.|
|Rawcus||Led by artistic director Kate Sulan, Rawcus is an ensemble of performers with and without disabilities. Their work draw on dance, theatre, and visual arts.|
|Restless Dance Theatre||Including a junior and a senior ensemble, Restless Dance Theatre is a troupe of young artists with and without disability aged 15 and above.|
|Sensorium||Sensorium produces interactive theatre for young people with access needs.|
|Weave Movement Theatre||Based in Melbourne, Weave Movement Theatre is a hybrid dance and theatre company for performers with and without disabilities.|
Image: Ramp stairs at Hammersmith & Fulham College, by Bill Smith, 8 August 2018. Unmodified. CC BY 2.0. Source.
As part of its general indexing protocols, AustLit tracks audio books, braille editions, and dyslexic editions of Australian works. The table below is designed to provide easy access to works that include these accessible editions: click on a link in the right-hand column to return a list of works with that type of edition available.
You can also search for accessible editions via the Advanced Search page: select an option from the 'Format' menu under 'Form/Genre/Type/Format.'
Type of Edition
|Type of Work|
|Auslan||All works in Auslan|
Image: Braille by 'Hans', 22 April 2012. Unmodified. CC BY 4.0. Source.
'You Can't Ask That confronts prejudice and discrimination by offering searing insights into the lives of diverse Aussies who live in judgement. The show that asks the hard questions and allows interviewees to answer with candour and humour.' (Source: ABC)
Available via iView.
'Following people with neuro-diverse conditions such as autism, OCD & Tourette syndrome as they search for meaningful employment. This uplifting & insightful series draws on science & experts to uncover people's hidden skills.' (Source: ABC)
Available via iView.
Aubusson, Kate. 'What Can I Live Without? Crippling Treatment Cost Forces Eating Disorder Patients into Debt.' Sydney Morning Herald. 3 May 2018. Sighted 8 February 2019. https://www.smh.com.au/national/what-can-i-live-without-crippling-treatment-cost-forces-eating-disorder-patients-into-debt-20180503-p4zd5r.html
Baldwin, Alistair. 'Narrative Prosthesis: How Disability as Metaphor Is Shaping On-screen Casting Diversity.' ACMI. Sighted 8 February 2019. https://www.acmi.net.au/ideas/read/narrative-prosthesis-how-disability-metaphor-shaping-screen-casting-diversity/
---. 'Why Homecoming Queens' Nuanced Portrayal of Chronic Illness Is Vital.' ACMI. Sighted 8 February 2019. https://www.acmi.net.au/ideas/read/why-homecoming-queens-nuanced-portrayal-chronic-illness-vital/
Bartlett, Alison. 'Down Syndrome on Stage: You Know We Belong Together Crosses Boundaries between Life and Artistry.' The Conversation. 5 March 2018. Sighted 8 February 2019. https://theconversation.com/down-syndrome-on-stage-you-know-we-belong-together-crosses-boundaries-between-life-and-artistry-92824
Carey, Patrick. 'Australian Company Sensorium Take Their Disability-first Children's Theatre to New York.' ABC News. 16 April 2018. Sighted 8 February 2019. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-16/australian-company-sensorium-take-their-theatre-to-new-york/9653078
Dunn, Joe, comp. Bipolar Poetry. Last updated May 2018. Sighted 8 February 2019. http://www.bipolarpoetry.com
Frost, Natasha. 'The Controversial Process of Redesigning the Wheelchair Symbol.' Atlas Obscura. 29 March 2018. Sighted 8 February 2019. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/wheelchair-symbol-redesign
Haynes, Nalini. 'Disability Archives.' Dark Matter Zine. Last updated 4 November 2017. Sighted 8 February 2019. http://www.darkmatterzine.com/category/diversity/disability/
---. 'Eye and Prejudice: A Vision for Equality.' Wheeler Centre. 4 May 2015. Sighted 8 February 2019. https://www.wheelercentre.com/notes/eye-and-prejudice-a-vision-for-equity
Hume, Joan. 'Disability and History.' Radical Sydney. Sighted 8 February 2019. http://radicalsydney.blogspot.com.au/p/on-disability-and-history.html
Lu, Alex. 'What Does It Mean to be a Disabled Writer?' Electric Literature. 7 May 2018. Sighted 8 February 2019. https://electricliterature.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-disabled-writer-5ff1dd190955
Reich, Hannah. 'Performers with Disability Reflect on the State of Access in Australia's Arts.' ABC News. 1 May 2018. Sighted 8 February 2019. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/performers-with-disability-state-of-access-australia-arts/9710572
Sargeant, Chloe. 'Meet the Female Director with a Disability Who's a Sydney Film Festival Star.' SBS. 16 June 2017. Sighted 19 June 2019. https://www.sbs.com.au/topics/life/culture/article/2017/06/16/meet-female-director-disability-whos-sydney-film-festival-star
Screen Australia. Seeing Ourselves: Reflections on Diversity in Australian TV Drama. 2016. https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/fact-finders/reports-and-key-issues/reports-and-discussion-papers/seeing-ourselves
Sutherland, Katie. 'Moving Autism on TV Beyond the Genius Stereotype.' The Conversation. 28 April 2017. Sighted 8 February 2019. https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-moving-autism-on-tv-beyond-the-genius-stereotype-76146
Whaley, Kayla. 'Travel Memoirs Are All About Immersive Experiences — But How Do You Write That When You Use A Wheelchair?' The Bustle. 5 June 2018. Sighted 8 February 2019. https://www.bustle.com/p/travel-memoirs-are-all-about-immersive-experiences-but-how-do-you-write-that-when-you-use-a-wheelchair-9190849
Williams, Anthea. 'I Don't Think I've Ever Been So Hurt By a Piece of Art.' The Guardian Australia. 8 February 2019. Sighted 8 February 2019. https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/feb/08/i-dont-think-ive-ever-been-so-hurt-by-a-piece-of-art-people-with-disability-deserve-better
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