Jake Briggs is Chairman of the Aboriginal Disability Network NSW and works in the construction industry. He became a quadriplegic after a diving accident. He recently helped launch a short documentary entitled “Living My Way“.
“Living My Way” features the stories of five Indigenous people with disability, their community, their goals, challenges and achievements – how they live ‘their way’.
Regarding disability amongst indigenous communities Jake says:
Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people do not recognise disability or identify as disabled. So, it is important that the implementation of the NDIS in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is led by Aboriginal people.
Regarding the documentary:
Living My Way means living with dignity, respect, choices, appropriate support and care, and with flexibility, guidance, adventure and joy. This documentary tells the stories of our lives. It invites the viewer into our lives as people living our way, with disability, but not defined by our disability. This is the message that I hope our audience will be left with.
And regarding the NDIS in indigenous communities:
The First Peoples Disability Network Australia and Aboriginal Disability Network NSW have devised a comprehensive 10-point-plan for the implementation of the NDIS in Aboriginal communities, based on its work across the country in advocating for the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with disability and extensive community consultation. The 10 point plan can be viewed here.
First Peoples Disability Network Australia 10 point plan: