Disability is not a personal tragedy, or a triumph over adversity, but a sociopolitical question which we need to address
Disability and LGBTIQ speaker, writer and educator
Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTIQ rights advocate, writer, public speaker and educator. She was named one of the 25 Australian LGBTI people to watch and has recently been appointed to the Victorian Governments’ Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality. Jax is a member of the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Disability Reference Group and a graduate of Southern Cross University where she focused on disability and LGBTIQ rights, providing a sound academic framework to affirm and explore her commitment to disability and social justice issues. Jax is a passionate advocate and activist, committed to addressing the disadvantages people with disabilities face, particularly women and LGBTIQ people with disability. Through her indefatigable work Jax aims to challenge disability stereotypes and highlight issues for change. Jax works collaboratively with groups and organisations to lead and support change that empowers people with disabilities through equitable inclusion which promotes leadership and resilience.
Jax’s advocacy work is firmly based on the social model of disability which advocates for the removal of environmental and social barriers which prevent people with disabilities from participating equally in society. Jax’s public speaking and keynote presentations aim to continue conversations in the community about disability, gender, sexuality and violence, to challenge attitudes that further narrow and constrain opportunities for people with disabilities. Jax provides a powerful insight into the reasons why society needs to change, rather than people with disabilities.