Image: A smiling Kelly Vincent, Dignity for Disability candidate, with a blue flower in her hair and holding a bouquet of pink roses, sits next to former leader of the Australian Democrats Natasha Stott-Despoja.
I linked a few days ago at FWD to a story about Kelly Vincent, a young woman with cerebral palsy who is contesting the South Australian election in the Upper House. Vincent has taken the place of the original lead candidate for the Dignity 4 Disability party, Paul Collier.
But there’s a catch. She can’t get in.
In the wake of all the national fanfare about the new Access to Premises standards, Kelly Vincent can’t get to work.
Tory Shepherd reports in the Advertiser:
Kelly Vincent is set to win an Upper House seat, but at this stage she physically cannot get there.
While the final results could still be weeks away, the Dignity 4 Disability candidate is the likely winner.
At 21, she will become the youngest female elected to Parliament.
She is also believed to be the first person in a wheelchair, but Parliament House is not yet disability-friendly enough for her to make her way to the chamber.
What is there left to say? Come on, Australia. I know we can do better than this.