Tag: empowerment

On the Platform with Melanie Hawkes

Platform stories showcases and represents women with disabilities who live real, diverse, and everyday lives, achieving so many things… so much more than the often-lower expectations placed upon them by a society that sees disability as “less than”. Society until very recently, has most often portrayed people with disabilities as […]

On the Platform with Jillian Oliver

Title Image by Ainslee Dennis. Sustaining disability at any age comes with associated feelings of grief and loss. A sense of not knowing how and where you fit into a world that you have to find a new way to navigate. For many of us with disability this process can […]

On the Platform with Brooke Scott

Living with disability can be a sometimes feel like a lonely road, and at times, a difficult and challenging journey. A journey made easier by finding others like you, who understand your situation and who share similar experiences that can help you to learn and grow, and from whom you […]

On the Platform with Rita Ebel

For many of us with disabilities, we spend much of our time working out creative ways to increase access to places and spaces not always designed to include us. Sometimes it is navigating sets of stairs leading to places we would like to go ( involving undignified and embarrassing lifts […]

On the Platform with Jenny McAllister

Did you know that over 4 million people identify as having disability across Australia? Surprising then, that very few fashion labels, fashion retailers and fashion outlets cater to either inclusive adaptive fashion or provide accessible environments to support the shopping experience of many who live with disabilities. For some of […]

On the Platform with Amanda Perla-Jereczek

Finding inadequate options available to support her journey to return to a quality of life she desired, Amanda Perla-Jereczek created her own, and in doing so, made sure the opportunities to do so were also afforded to others like her. Reading Amanda’s story resonated with me, her story demonstrates how […]

On the Platform with Kate Mulvany

As someone who sustained a disability at a young age, I struggled in the early years to feel confident in who I was and how I looked. It felt like I never saw anyone who looked or lived like me represented in any form of mainstream media or arts. How […]

On the Platform with Carol Taylor

Banner image credit: Richard Smith I first realised that fashion and disability did not necessarily easily go together, when, as a fifteen year old girl with a spinal injury, and desperately longing to get out of the track suits and soft fabrics which were de rigueur in the rehabilitation hospital […]

On the Platform with Ellie – aka Deafie Blogger

Life for the deaf and hard of hearing may have changed significantly in the recent past, with greater awareness, provision of captioning and greater use of interpreters in film and television, as well as new technologies providing solutions for many, yet some hurdles have stayed the same. Our latest storyteller […]

On the Platform with Beatriz Lemus

It is with real pleasure that I introduce Beatriz Lemus from Venezuela to the Platform, to share her story with us. I hope you enjoy learning about her life, as much as I did, and learn I did. Beatriz life is lived with tremendous successes, a multitude of daily challenges […]

Goodbye Inspired, Hello Platform Stories!

Hi! It’s me… I am so excited to bring you my latest news… something creative has come from my time during Covid! As someone who sustained a disability at a young age, I struggled in the early years to feel confident in who I was and how I looked. I […]