We’ve Got This: Stories by Disabled Parents
Over 15 per cent of Australian households have a parent with a disability, so why are their stories rarely heard in conversations about families and parenting? To celebrate the launch of We’ve Got This – the first major anthology of writing by parents with disabilities – a panel of the book’s contributors will discuss the complexities of parenting from this often overlooked perspective.
In We’ve Got This, twenty-five parents who identify as Deaf, disabled or chronically ill discuss the highs and lows of their parenting journeys. The result is a moving and empowering collection that captures all the joy, anxiety and love that comes with being a disabled parent – and reveals that often, the greatest obstacle is other people’s attitudes.
The anthology’s editor, musician Eliza Hull, will be joined by writer and academic Shakira Hussein, activist and educator Jax Jacki Brown, and speaker and creator of the ABC podcast Look Mum, No Hands Mandy McCracken for an inclusive and expansive discussion about their experiences of parenting while living with disability.
Babies and children are very much welcome at this lunchtime conversation.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.
The bookseller for this event is Mary Martin Bookshop
Jax Brown (they/them) is an esteemed disability and LGBTQIA+ rights activist, writer, educator and consultant. Their tireless commitment to LGBTIQA+ disability human rights and advocacy has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Jax utilises their experience as a queer, trans... Read more
Mandy McCracken is a writer, speaker, disability advocate and regular face in Australia’s media. In 2021 Mandy was the recipient of the ABC Regional Storyteller Scholarship and released the fun and insightful podcast series called “Look Mum, No Hands”. She presented the ABC’s... Read more
Shakira Hussein is a writer and researcher based at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of From Victims to Suspects: Muslim women since 9/11 (Yale University Press/New South) and her work has been published in a wide range of academic, literary and media publications.
Eliza Hull is an award-winning musician, writer and disability advocate. Eliza is a disabled woman, with a physical disability ‘Charcot Marie Tooth.’ Eliza is the editor and creator of the book We’ve Got This: Stories by Disabled Parents. She has been a guest on The Today Show, The Drum, ABC N... Read more
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