Celebrate International Day of People with Disability

Published on 20 November 2019

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When disability advocate Jax Jacki Brown prepares for a speaking engagement, thinking back to her younger days helps ease any nerves.

Jax – who will be guest speaker at Surf Coast Shire Council’s International Day of People with Disability event on Thursday 5 December – is interested in how two parts of her identity intersect, being queer and being a wheelchair user.

“I had a friend at uni who also had a disability, and it was then that I started to think about what it really meant,” she said. “I didn’t really know anyone who was queer and had a disability, not even in the media, so I didn’t know how my future might look as a queer, disabled person.

“When I feel nervous about talking at events, I always think about that young person I once was who didn’t have someone talking about these experiences, and how great it would have been.”

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