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I’m not your inspiration…. Stella Young – TED

By November 27, 2019 Disability

At the age of fifteen, Stella was nominated for a community achievement award, this identified a glaring problem; she had not yet actually achieved anything.

In this TED video she discusses the objectifying of disabled people in order to inspire nondisabled people.

“I subscribe to what’s called the social model of disability, which tells us we are more disabled by the society we live in than by our bodies and our diagnoses.”

Born in Stawell, Victoria stella had osteogenesis imperfecta and used a wheelchair most of her life. She worked as an educator at the Melbourne Museum before serving  and the editor for the ABC Magazine “Ramp Up”

Well known in Australian comedy she made her debut at 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

In 2017 Young was inducted posthumously onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her work as a “journalist, comedian, feminist and fierce disability activist” – Wikipedia

Stella passed away unexpectedly in Melbourne, on 6 December 2014

Disability doesn't make you exceptional but questioning what you think you know about it does

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