disability

The Ivory Tower Only Has Stairs

The Ivory Tower Only Has Stairs

I now repeatedly hear that 1/5 people in Australia have a disability. However when I cast my mind back to my primary and secondary education, I now ask myself: where were the students with disabilities? They were not there because both the physical and pedagogical space did not accommodate them. They were not there because my schools had stairs, not ramps. They were not there because any health issues, mental or physical, were kept quiet. They were not there because they slipped through the cracks and stopped attending. Disability was erased from my primary and highschool experience, and hence my understanding of disability was always as something that was outside and “other”.