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Australia: Stella Young, disability activist, dead at 32

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Sean, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. Sean

    Sean Senior Member

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    From the second link:

    :lol::lol::lol:

    (No offence to theists, the joke is about social attitudes towards disability, not about religion.)
     
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    Very sad. I have seen her on TV a few times over the years.

    http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/cel...-herself-at-80-years-old-20141122-11llol.html

    I think my first blog here discussed this very thing. So many can expend too much energy wearing the mask of normal. We shouldn't need to wear masks, or be coerced into wearing masks, we should just be us.
     
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    What an interesting speaker. I enjoyed her Ted talk on being an inspiration. Tx .. x
     
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    We wouldn't need these masks if we were diagnosed with a socially acceptable disease.
     
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    biophile Places I'd rather be.

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    Very unfortunate, I liked her. Is the cause of death known? There could have been medical complications.

    I remember reading recently that Centrelink were giving her a very hard time about returning to the DSP.
     
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    AndyPandy Making the most of it

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    So very sad to read that Stella Young has died. Such a great loss.

    I was fortunate to attend a function hosted by Stella. She was feisty, intelligent, hilarious and a fierce disability advocate.

    Thank you for starting this thread @Sean
     
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    :grumpy::grumpy::grumpy:
     
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    Least I could do in her memory.
     
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    The documentary episode on the disability issue of abuse of disabled that Stella commented on using Twitter was shown on Four Corners on 24 Nov 2014.

    http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/four-corners/NC1404H044S00

    I do not know if it can be watched outside of Australia.

    I am aware of allegations like this going back to the 90s, none of which could be easily proved, relating to a different organization.

    These kinds of problems highlight issues we may face in our own disabled community though involving different abuses.

    Here is an old public debate forum with Stella that is being rebroadcast in her honour. You can see what kind of sterling advocate she was:

    http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/qanda/FA1107H042S00
     
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