We Can All Be Leaders

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Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) have produced a series of podcasts showcasing and interviewing women and girls discussing topics related to leadership. 

Hear all about the history, goals and achievements of this organisation, told through stories from extraordinary advocates.

Episode 10

For our last episode of the series and of the year, guest host Margherita Dall’Occo-Vaccaro interviews Claire Bertholli, a youth leader in the space and all round activist involved with various feminist organisations.

They talk about the importance of young people’s involvement, advocating as young people with disabilities and being in feminist spaces where disability is not always at the forefront. Listen in to get to know Claire and her advocacy!

Episode 9

For our second last episode, Margherita, Youth Development Officer guest interviews WWDA Youth Advisory Group member and all round advocate Charlotte Young! Charlotte has worked hard to advocate for disability rights within schools and universities.

They talk on the podcast to the importance of language and how it can differ across the disability community.

Episode 8

For our eighth episode and second of the year, WWDA Youth Advisory Group member Jade Taylor interviews Jan Qian Yee Sam! Jan is a passionate advocate on various issues, most notably Human Rights for refugees, migrants, and people with disability. Jan has been involved in a wide array of projects ranging from the Disability Justice Network to Democracy in Colour and has more recently started working with WWDA on a project investigating the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse women with disability.

      Episode 7

      For our seventh episode and first episode of the year, WWDA Youth Advisory Group member Jade Taylor interviews Ana Pike! Ana and Jade talk about her advocacy in the disability community, specifically in Tasmania and, for movements including the Religious Discrimination Bill and the NDIS. In 2021, Ana was the recipient of the award for Outstanding Contribution by a Young Person at the Tasmanian Disability Festival Awards for her work in this space.

      Episode 6

      For our sixth episode, WWDA Youth Advisory Group member Jade Taylor interviews Margherita Dall’Occo, youth activist and WWDA’s new Youth Development Officer. They have a chat about what it’s like to advocate throughout life, the challenges of being young people in the sector and plans for WWDA Youth in the new year!

      Episode 5

      For our fifth episode, WWDA Youth Advisory Group member Jade Taylor interviews Carly Findlay, a prominent disabled activist and writer in Australia. Jade and Carly talk about Carly’s journey to becoming an activist, what it means to identify as having a disability, the impact of social media on the lives of people with disability and more!

        Episode 4

        For our fourth podcast episode, WWDA Youth Advisory Group member, Jade Taylor interviews young Seli, an NDIS Support Coordinator, Disability Consultant and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. As a person with disability and professional in the field, Seli talks about the benefits that NDIS can offer to people with disability, how it could be improved and more!

        Episode 3

        Content Note: This episode discusses topics that may be triggering for some listeners, including grooming, childhood sexual violence and abuse. If you are affected by violence, or the discussion in this podcast, you can contact 1800 RESPECT for support and counselling on 1800 737 732.

        Episode #3 of the WWDA Youth Network Podcast: We Can All Be Leaders is now available! For this episode, WWDA Youth Advisory Group member, Jade Taylor interviews Ashleigh Rae, a writer and advocate for disability rights, feminism, anti-poverty and survivorship. In this extended episode, Jade and Ashleigh cover a number of topics including the importance of accessibility and Ashleigh’s involvement in the ground-breaking, #LetUsSpeak campaign.

        Episode 2

        For our second podcast episode, WWDA Youth Advisory Group member, Jade Taylor interviews young woman with disability, actor and advocate, Chloe Hayden! As a role model for young people with disability, Chloe talks about what she thinks makes a good leader and what inspires her to speak out.

        Episode 1

        In the first episode of our WWDA Youth Network podcast series, the WWDA Director of Policy and Programs, Heidi La Paglia talks about Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and how it came to be; and introduces Jade Taylor, one of the members of the WWDA Youth Advisory Group and the host for the remainder of this year's podcasts.

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