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The impact of disability can increase in low income countries where there may be fewer services and trained staff, and exclusive attitudes in society
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End the cycle


Sam Cawthorn, Author, speaker, philanthropist
One billion.
It’s an enormous number.
That’s how many people live with a disability across the world right now.

That’s one in seven on the planet!

Stella Young, Editor ABC Ramp-up
[she moves across the screen in a motorised wheelchair]

It should be common sense that all of us, including people with disability, have a huge potential to contribute to our families and communities. We each have the right to lead full lives, with equal opportunities and live free from discrimination and exclusion.

But today, lets just stop and think about what living with disability is like for those in the world’s poorest countries.

Liesl Tesch, Paralympic Gold Medalist
[Rolls into the shot using a wheelchair]

The reality is, people living with a disability are often left out from school, from work, from healthcare and so run a much greater risk of living in poverty because of their disability.

But here’s the kicker – millions of people who live in poverty run a greater risk of disability, because of things like dirty water, malnutrition and unsafe working conditions.

Dylan Alcott, Paralympic Gold Medalist
[rolls into the background and comes up next to Liesl.  She leaves the screen, Dylan keeps moving forward throughout his speech.]

So if you have a disability, you’re more likely to live in poverty and if you live in poverty, you’re more likely to have a disability.

[Shows a circle where disability points to poverty and poverty points to disability.]

It’s an insistent unfair cycle that traps and continues to marginalise those who are in it.

[Two people in wheelchairs are trapped inside the circle, more and more people appear inside the circle.]

But there are actions that will end the cycle.

[Dylan has arrived on a basketball court in a village. Liesl comes back into the shot and they start playing basketball. In the background, we can see ‘End the cycle’ written in the sky.]

Dale Sheppard, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur
[Dale rolls into the foreground, whilst the two others continue to play basketball.]

If every person with disability can be recognised as valuable, contributing members of their family and society, without discrimination and regardless of gender.

Elena Down, Capacity Development Officer
[Camera pans across to Elena who is speaking in both sign language and orally. Education appears as a title behind her.]

And if all children with disability have the opportunity to go to school.  And their teachers have the training, skills and ability to teach and classrooms include all people, then we have the opportunity to end the cycle.

Stevie Wills, Performance Poet
[Stevie appears on screen, she is sitting on a box. Two banners are visible behind her. The first reads “every person with a disability”. The second reads “Employment”.]

If every person with a disability has the opportunity to work and generate income, rising above stigma and negative attitudes.

Grant “Scooter” Patterson, Paralympian, Motivational Speaker
[Grant rides unto the screen, riding a small tricycle.]

And when there is access to healthcare, not only for treatment but also information for every person with disability everywhere, then the end of the cycle is in sight.

Graeme Innes, Disability Discrimination Commissioner
[Graeme  is sitting on a bench. He has a guidedog at his feet and is typing using a Braille computer.]

The right of people with a disability all over the world need to be championed by a world of people.

People like you and me who are prepared to end the cycle.

We need to be part of the change that sees policies and agreements stay on target, empower every individual with a voice of their own, to express views, raise awareness and advocacy for their own rights.

[As he speaks a number of banners appear in the background, the first reads “Empower”, the second “Voice”. The third “Views”. The fourth “Awareness”.]

[Elena Down appears]
Until all these things happen, we’re missing the opportunity to make real and lasting changes for some of the world’s most marginalised people.

[Stella Young appears]
Imagine, how much richer every community will be when it welcomes the active and valuable contributions of everyone of its members.

[Sam Cawthorn appears with all the people featured in the video]
So get involved. Raise your voice.
Become part of the change.
End the Cycle.

[Circle with disability leading to poverty and poverty leading to disability appears on screen. In the centre of the circle, one can read “end the cycle”.]

End the cycle of poverty and disability
Credits –
Cbm – together we can do better
Australian Government – AusAid
Produced by Room 3 for CBM Australia 2012

This video explains the cycle of poverty and disability and shows ways to end the cycle

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