Epsode 11: Disability and Intersectionality

Summary

With the protests occurring in America and the Black Lives Matter movement it is important that we support our Indigenous brothers and sisters.

There are thousands of Indigenous people living with disabilities. they not only face discrimination on the basis of their disabilities but also because of their race.

Intersectionality is:

The interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

it is a theoretical framework for understanding how aspects of a person’s social and political identities might combine to create unique modes of discrimination. Intersectionality identifies injustices that are felt by people due to a combination of factors.

Why it matters:

understanding intersectionality allow us to better understand inequalities so we can address them and create a more equal society

there have been 432 Indigenous deaths in custody since 1991. Speaking out against systemic racism is key to promoting equality and putting an end to the unfair treatment they receive.

Why it is important for Australians with disabilities to support Indigenous Peoples in their fight for equality.

We as people with disabilities have similar lived experience in regard to experiencing discrimination based on our appearance.

Supporting Indigenous Peoples in their fight for equality helps strengthen our communities while aiding to heal intergenerational trauma caused by colonisation. In doing so the disabled community will gain allies which will be of great help to us in our own fight for equality.  

How to support Indigenous Peoples in their fight for equality

Attend protests if it is safe for you to do so (not high risk of COVID-19), if you do attend protests, take necessary safety precautions . socially distance, wear a face mask and wash your hands often.

Sign petitions or donate to organisations that aim to combat racial injustice

Organisations to donate to that help combat racial injustice in Australia. https://www.popsugar.com.au/news/where-to-donate-to-support-indigenous-australians-47526024

Keeping safe and healthy during COVID-19

Physical wellness

Wash your hands and wheelchair rims / controller often

Practice social distancing, wear a mask, avoid going out as much as possible, use online shopping to help you aquire

Go for a walk around the block, spend 5 minutes in the sun each day without sunglasses on to keep your vitamin D up. Sitting in the sunlight for 5 minutes a day has been scientifically proven to boost mood.

Do body weight exercises such as push-ups and punches to stay fit. You can use household objects as makeshift weights

Mental Wellness

Stay connected with friends and family though social media, video call people you love and care about.

Download headpsace mindfulness app

How to advocate for yourself to keep disability supports in place in a post-COVID world

Email the organisation and remind them that adjustments such as zoom meetings were made possible during the pandemic and there is no reason that this should have changed.

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