In Australia, there seems to be a line that divides able-bodied people, and those who have disabilities.
Even though they possess the same skills and abilities, their circumstance of having a disability dictates the way they find a job or live their life.
Most people suffering from a disability find themselves on or below the poverty line. Companies refuse to employ them and their only source of income is benefits given from the government.
To make matters worse, sexism still exists quite a great deal within Australia(a great example being salary differences based on gender) and puts women at a disadvantage.
Now couple this with a disability or impairment. Women with disabilities are subject to a number of traumatizing experiences and violation of human rights.
80% of women with disabilities are sexually harassed. The perpetrator usually being a Carer from an organization, taxi drivers, a spouse or family members.
In addition to the sexual crimes, a great deal of deprivation also occurs; the Carer may not attend to their needs (feeding, washing), thus neglecting them.
A major issue is that victims of these crimes generally do not report them. On the basis that the Carer is their point of contact for any assistance required.
When such crimes occur with women who have a mental disability- the courts generally dismiss their testimony on the basis that they are not mentally competent to give a proper confession.
In a country such as Australia that follows the example of giving everyone a ‘go’, why have these people found themselves in such adverse conditions?
Is this a problem with structure society has created? Or are there other reasons?
This documentary will explore the lives of both young and old women with disabilities; giving insight into their lives and the people and organisations that support them. And the companies refusing to give them a ‘go’.
Co-creation by Jenny Bae and Michael Sarlo