$10,000 to shine a light on national disability story in Ballarat

Thanks to a $10,000 State Trustees Australia Foundation grant, Ballarat’s Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E.) will soon have a new exhibition and public program highlightingthumb-shine-a-light the evolution of disability rights in Australia, and the campaign towards the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

This exhibition is one of 22 projects selected from across Victoria to share in nearly $200,000 through the State Trustees Australia Foundation’s annual grassroots grants.

The exhibition will have a presence online and at the Ballarat-based museum and will focus on the grassroots campaign that lobbied for the introduction of an NDIS. It will feature personal stories of 12 disability leaders from around Australia, have an iconic graphic timeline and a public speaker program and seminar.

Funded through bequests and donations and administered by State Trustees, the Foundation provides the annual grants to support social inclusion for people marginalised by age, disability and mental illness.

State Trustees Chief Executive Officer Craig Dent said it was great to see how the generous bequests and donations made to STAF were making a difference, and how disability rights and access would be reflected at M.A.D.E.

“Thanks to the generosity of bequests and donations made to STAF, we are able to help M.A.D.E. to shine the light on our journey as a nation towards greater access and equality for all Australians and pay tribute to some of the people leading this change,” Mr Dent said.

“State Trustees is committed to supporting regional Victoria and I hope this grant helps M.A.D.E. draw even more visitors to Ballarat so they can experience this wonderful museum and explore the role of disability and equality in the shaping of our national identity.”

M.A.D.E Director, Jane Smith said M.A.D.E was delighted that the State Trustees Australia Foundation had supported the exhibition.

“M.A.D.E wants to celebrate the leadership shown by people with disabilities, their families and those within the disability sector, who have radically improved the opportunities for their community and also led to a boarder understanding a disability,” she said.