In 2011, Australians with disabilities have two very prominent advocates in the Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon and the Senior Australian of the Year, Prof Ron McCallum. We anticipate hearing much more from both of them.
ABC Radio interviewed Simon McKeon yesterday, to mark Australia Day. In a wide ranging discussion, he talked with Jon Faine about his role as primary carer for his older sister who has an intellectual disability, his activism for a National Disability Insurance Scheme, and how he might use his position this year as a platform to promote the interests of people with disabilities, among his other interests.
The interview is nearly 30 minutes (not all of it about disability), and the file is large - we recommend downloading the file to your computer before listening unless you have very fast broadband access.