Former Australian Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes to facilitate #DisabledLeadershipNow Online Protest Rally

Disabled Leadership Now is pleased to confirm that our online protest rally  will be facilitated by Graeme Innes.

Graeme Innes AM is a lawyer, author, and company director. His autobiography Finding A Way achieved popular acclaim in 2016. He has been a human rights practitioner for more than 30 years and is a conference presenter and facilitator.

Graeme was a Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission for nine years, responsible for issues relating to disability, race and human rights.

He is currently the chair of the Attitude Foundation, a start-up aimed at using media to change attitudes towards Australians with disabilities.

Graeme was awarded an AM for his work on the development of the Disability Discrimination Act, was a finalist for Australian of the Year, and, on the international stage, he was a member of the Australian delegation that participated in negotiating the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Canberra in 2014, RMIT University in 2016, UNSW in 2017 and Edith Cowan University in 2018, in recognition of his work as a human rights activist.

Graeme will chair and facilitate our hui, and will also comment on why it is important that the Establishment Director be a disabled person from the perspective of the UNCRPD, for mentoring, and for further encouraging disabled leadership.

We are pleased that someone of Graeme’s international standing will be joining us.

We will have more announcements about the online protest rally in the coming days. We invite all disabled people interested in this important issue to register for the online protest rally. NZ Sign interpreters will be present, and we will be using Zoom, which is a highly accessible platform with assistive technology.

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