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We’ve Got This: Stories by Disabled Parents

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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


Featuring

Jax Jacki Brown

‘We must adopt an intersectional approach to understanding the experiences of the LGBTIQA+ community with disabilities. Intersectionality provides us with a political framework to understand how multiple forms of discrimination are experienced and lived … our identities don’t exist in a va... Read more

Mandy McCracken

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

Shakira Hussein is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on Muslim women, gendered violence and racialised political discourse. She completed her PhD at the Australian National University and is a regular media contributor on issues... Read more

Eliza Hull

Eliza Hull is a producer and musician based in Castlemaine, Victoria. She has written music for American TV shows Awkward, Teen Wolf and Saving Hope, and is currently writing the film score for Australian feature film Swallow. Most recently, Eliza produced an eight-part podcast series, We’ve ... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre and wheelercentre.com

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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