Edit: My Blogging Against Disablism day contribution on this issue is now up here: “BADD: The radical notion that people with disabilities are people, and Australia’s 2020 Summit”
A couple of things I noticed about the Health section of the initial report from the 2020 Summit:
– There was no mention of patient autonomy or respect or rights
– There was no mention of poverty and social inequality as determinants of health (aside from indigeneity)
– And there was no mention of sexuality, reproductive justice or reproductive health – in any way or in any form. We are unsexed bodies, and invisible women (in fact the word “women” appears only three times in the entire report).
The rest of my comments I’m writing up for Blogging Against Disablism Day. Do join in with BADD.
One thing I was wondering:
– Were there any people with disabilities participating in the summit? There were 1000 participants. They seem to have gone to some effort to ensure a gender balance in the participants (if not in the chairs), and to ensure there was Indigenous representation in the stream on Indigenous affairs. According to the ABS, of the total population aged between 5 and 64 years, 19 per cent have some form of disability. Older than that, the numbers rise sharply. So we’d expect quite a few people with disabilities amongst the Summit participants, wouldn’t we? Especially in the Health stream?
[hat tip to Larvatus Prodeo]