Leadership forum for women with disabilities

DADAA chair Helen Errington.
DADAA chair Helen Errington.

Chair of the Fremantle-based organisation Helen Errington said it was women with disabilities who found it the hardest.

�Women with disability, in particular rural women with disability, have been the most marginalised of all disability populations when it comes to leadership and governance,� she said.

In a bid to address this, Ms Errington and DADAA will convene a forum this week to raise awareness about women with disability gaining leadership roles.

The forum will include talks from some of WA�s most successful women leaders in policy, disability and the arts.

Speaking from her own experience, Ms Errington said she had to overcome a lot of myths and society�s attitude to disability before she could get to a leadership role.

�There were exceptional people around but by and large the broader groups in community with disability were marginalised to a degree,� she said.

�Some of this has to do with expectations of the ambitions for people with disability by society and people can be fearful of engaging with people with disability; they don�t know what to say.

�I felt others were getting a better go than me because of my disability, but I just needed a few resources to give me a leg up.

�I could think, write, speak and learn. I just needed a wheelchair and a ramp.�

While Ms Errington said the marginalisation was rarely intentional, positive promotion was needed to help people get over their �automatic� views.

The forum will be held on April 16 at VisAbility in Victoria Park from 11am to 4pm.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Ricky on 9430 6616.