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The 3rd of December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), a day to highlight the abilities and achievements of people living with disability.
Deakin University would like to celebrate the efforts and successes of all its students and staff with disability. Two of those students shared their thougths and feelings with us this year:
Deakin student Claire Whittle contacted her Disability Liaison Officer on R U OK? Day, showing a wonderful warmth of spirit and revealing just some of the challenges of living with mental illness.
When Equity and Diversity asked if we could publish comments she had posted online, Claire agreed and wrote: “The more people who can understand mental illness and how important it is to talk about it the better! Slowly but surely the stigma around mental illness, especially in young people, is getting less and less and people are no longer feeling so alone.”
“It means the world to me to graduate. For some people it is the easiest thing in the world. For others it is just impossible. But it shouldn’t have to feel that way. I think it should be the right for everyone to have an education. If they feel the need to get a degree then they should be told they can.
People said it was a waste to let me graduate. But it was the best thing that ever happened to me. So never let anyone tell you that you can’t live out yours dreams. If you want to do something do it. There is nothing that is impossible.”
Make sure to review the links on the right hand-side of this page for more stories from people living with disability and for further information about IDPwP. If you have a disability or health condition that is affecting your studies at Deakin University, contact the Disability Resource Centre to discuss how we could help and support you.
To coincide with International Day of People with Disability, EEON (Equal Employment Opportunity Network) is hosting a talk from Professor Emeritus Ron McCallum (AO), a champion and former chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. For more information, visit www.eeon.net.au .