Your Way Through at drummond street services is commissioning disabled people from marginalised cultural or ethnic communities to create something in response to the theme My Truth, My Way.

All too often disabled people are bombarded by abled people’s expectations for who we can be, what we can say, and how we can say it. “Be inspiring for the abled audience, show us your struggle and tolerate our pity but don’t forget to overcome it all too, justify your access needs but be nice about it, and don’t ever get mad about how often we talk about oppression without ever mentioning disability”.

All too often disabled people from marginalised cultural and ethnic communities are bombarded by those same expectations from white disabled people. “We love your passion for justice, but never criticise us or you’re too angry. Stop dividing the disabled community. Don’t make it about race. We understand all your experiences, after all we’re both disabled!”

We’ve had enough!

We’re looking for submissions from disabled people from marginalised cultural or ethnic communities to create something in response to the theme My Truth, My Way.

Your submissions will be collected into a digital resource that expresses various stories and experiences from disabled people from marginalised cultural or ethnic communities.

You can pitch something already made that relates to the theme or something you plan to make in response to it.

Disabled includes anyone who identifies as disabled. We recognise that disabled communities include neurodivergence, chronic illness, physical disability, cognitive disability, mental illness, dDeaf/HoH, blind, etc.

Marginalised racial and ethnic communities includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse peoples, people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, people of colour, people from marginalised religious backgrounds, anyone from a marginalised racial, cultural or ethnic background.

Pitch deadline:

  • 25th of June 2021
  • We will contact you by the 28th of June to let you know if your pitch has been accepted. For all accepted pitches, you will have until Friday 30th of July to complete your pitched idea.

Payment:

  • A $100 payment for all accepted pitches
  • You can choose to be paid with a gift card or to invoice us and be paid via bank transfer

How to pitch:

What to pitch:

Anything that

  • Shares something you want to say about existing as a disabled person from a marginalised racial or ethnic community
  • Can be shared on a digital platform by drummond street services. This could be:
    • Writing (fiction, poetry, non-fiction etc.)
    • Videos
    • Audio (spoken, music etc.)
    • Photography
    • Visual art (digital or photos/videos of physical pieces)
    • Anything else you can think of!