Creating Change Together
We are a social profit organisation on a mission to create a world where people who live with disability have a fair go at what life has to offer.
Leanne's relationship with understanding herself as a disabled woman is a complex and ever-evolving process. She's at a point where she feels empowered and in control of her own narrative. This is her story of arriving there.
Purple Orange is growing! We've hired so many great new staff recently, including Ellen Fraser-Barbour who featured in our second ever podcast episode. It's a great one about claiming your right to risk when you live with disability. It's definitely worth a listen!
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Skills, Confidence, Public Speaking, Moving out on your own, Friends - This are some of the things Our Voice SA members have gained.
Here we are back in lockdown 14 months after the first COVID restrictions started. For many of us, it has taken a toll on our physical and mental health, and on our wallets. We don't want to make light of any of that. It has been a hard time. But, it is not all bad.
Purple Orange teamed up with North Brighton Community Garden to bring the concept of community gardening into the backyards of two people who have difficulty going out and connecting with community. Here is what happened...
Be a better ally to the disability community starting with language. The words you choose to use shape the way society views and treats people with disability.
In April 2021, we dedicated all stories in our storytelling project, "A Moment of Me", to remember Ann Marie Smith. She may be gone but not forgotten. These stories are a reminder of what we need to do as a society to work towards a better future for all people living with disability.
My name is Sarah Tuberty. I have a congenital limb difference, which has helped shape how I experience and view the world. It was something I felt intense shame on, growing up in the 90’s and I am so so so proud to say that is no longer the case! I have worked hard to liberate myself from this shame and be proud to step into spaces with my full self.
I started Aerial arts in 2016 and it was frustrating - as a limb different person, I needed to come up with modifications on my own. My coaches and classmates helped when they could, however much of the adaptations were things I needed to listen to my body and find alternative pathways. It was discouraging to see my classmates advance through skills, while I fumbled around still not yet mastering them.
In 2018, I had my first student showcase. For years I had spent so much energy and effort hiding my hand and hiding myself from the world, that for me to be on stage by myself with nowhere to hide, I was asking people to truly see me. This transformed how I viewed myself, helping to break free of my internalised ableism.
Growing up, I did not see images of myself, or people like me, I felt alone and that my fight was my own to bear. I got lost in the messages I received from my larger communities - that disability was a bad word. In embracing the spotlight in this way, it is like sending up a beacon, so that all of us can witness that we are all here together. It helps redefine what disability is and how we view ourselves.
I have started performing and incorporating the disability narrative into my art and coaching circus in Philadelphia!
Disability is a part of the human experience, let's embrace it, celebrate it, create community and do fun things!
Here is to joy in celebrating our full selves!