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Online exhibition tells story of disability rights movement


The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) has launched its first online exhibition capturing the key milestones and activists behind the disability rights movement in Australia.

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M.A.D.E online exhibition showcases history of disability rights movement

The exhibition, Grassroots Democracy: The Campaign for Disability Rights, is a partnership with the Google Cultural Institute, which aims to use digital technology to reach new and diverse audiences.

From the deinstitutionalisation movements of the 1970s and 1980s to the more recent campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the exhibition plots key dates and profiles pivotal figures in the push for change and recognition.

The exhibition also has other digital components available from M.A.D.E’s website including a digital honour board of 18 disability leaders past and present.

M.A.D.E and the City of Ballarat are also inviting communities around Australia to nominate a disability rights leader who has made a major contribution to the disability rights movement.

The exhibition has been curated by Ashley Heenan, and includes guest contributions from Dr George Taleporos, Graeme Innes and Dr Rhonda Galbally.

View the online exhibition, Grassroots Democracy: The Campaign for Disability Rights here

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2 Responses to Online exhibition tells story of disability rights movement

  1. William Peacock August 27, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Thank you for the opportunity to view the Online exhibition, I would have liked to see the name Ilma Lever BEM 1954 the founder of the Disabled Motorists included as she along with a team of disabled people fought hard to provide human rights for people with a disability as motorists and drivers. This continued until 2013 with the leadership of Mark Higginbotham (Former Mayer of Coburg Victoria)
    There are so many unsung hero’s in DIsability Rights and they all deserve an accolade.

    Bless you for this amazing information.

  2. Beaux Guarini August 27, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Well done MADE for ensuring that people with disability are represented in museum exhibitions, including exhibitions hosted purely online.

    While physical access to museum exhibitions is always important (and I mean more than access ramps!), digital access can and should also be a engaging and compelling experience. Well done for your efforts in creating opportunities for cultural access. Representation is just as important as participation! A great initiative for social inclusion.

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