New Resources for Schools Exploring Disability and Inclusion

November 26, 2020

Australian high schools are encouraged to mark International Day of People with Disability by accessing the new learning tools available in the Perspective Shift TV series and study guide.

Screening on SBS TV and SBS On Demand, Perspective Shift is a documentary series in which three young artists with disability talk about their creative practice and life experiences.

The TV series and accompanying study guide offer students and teachers an engaging way to discuss unconscious bias toward disability and how disability is usually depicted by the media.

The Attitude Foundation commissioned Perspective Shift as part of its push to improve equality for people with disability in Australia by creating opportunities for them to tell their own stories.

“The aim is to improve community attitudes and foster a more inclusive society which will in turn lead to improved human rights,” said Graeme Innes, founder and Chair of The Attitude Foundation (and former Commissioner for People With Disability at the Australian Human Rights Commission).

Perspective Shift challenges common misconceptions about disability through the stories of an actor, an artist and a dancer, all successful in their chosen fields and making valuable contributions to our cultural life,” Mr Innes said.

The accompanying study guide is linked to the curriculum of a number High School subjects and will challenge students to contemplate the effect of unconscious bias and how best to address it.

“This is a great opportunity for Australia’s young people to think about disability and inclusion with contemporary and interesting materials,” said Matt Field, Chief Executive of The Attitude Foundation.

“If we are to change community attitudes to disability, it is vitally important that we change what young people are told about disability so we can see those important shifts in perspective become embedded in our future,” Mr Field said.

SBS will screen the series to in the lead up to International Day of People with Disability from Monday 30 November. 

Download a copy of the Perspective Shift Study guide here.

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