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International Day of People with Disability 2019 – Andrew Gall – Griffith University

Hi, my name is Andrew Gall, I’m a pakana (Aboriginal man) from lutruwita (Tasmania). I’m a Tasmania Aboriginal. Did you know that on December 3rd is the International Day of People with Disability? We are here to acknowledge and celebrate and mark the United Nations Convention of Rights of Persons with Disability. My disability is physical, I was shot with a shotgun in 1972, and my art teacher through my schooling said ‘nah, you will never be an artist’. But, it never stopped me from continuing education. I completed my Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Arts with Honours in 2017, and here are some samples of my work, I major in jewelry. I’m currently studying my Doctor of Visual Arts at Griffith University, and I participate in exhibitions along with anybody else, any able-bodied people, I’m able-bodied just a little bit different. I hope my story can change people’s perceptions of what people with disabilities can achieve and contribute. My aim is to encourage any person with any type of disability, any nationality that they can do whatever they want to do and share their success stories with others so they can follow suit. Disability does not have to determine your life. So today let us celebrate together and raise awareness and encourage others to achieve their potential by sharing this video.

Cesar Sullivan

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