Arts and Culture

Thou shalt not discriminate against the disabled

Posted on: Tue 21 Mar 2023

Former member of the world renowned Doug Anthony All Stars and sit-down comedic veteran performer, scriptwriter, screenwriter, entertainer, director and author, Tim Ferguson, is laying down the law and taking names of those who have wronged Australia’s intersectional disability community.

Ferguson’s newest ‘powerfully funny’ show, Disability Rules, which had recently premiered at the 2023 Adelaide Fringe Festival, is the third instalment of his self-proclaimed ‘War on Wheels’ trilogy. Ferguson isn’t afraid calling out any able-bodied person who dares to patronise, infrantilise, or desensitise the bodily autonomy, self-expression, and free thinking of disabled people, who just want society to stop imposing their narrow-mindedness and moralistic indignation onto them.

Ferguson spoke to De-Stigmatised’s Jarad McLoughlin about the incurring issues affecting many disabled Australians, such as not receiving adequate funding from the National Disability Insurance Scheme, corporations deplorable attempts at integrating disability into their inclusion and diversity practices and how he relished his role as The Garden of Unearthly Delights’ first ever Disability Ambassador.

Produced and photo supplied by Jarad McLoughlin

Jarad McLoughlin

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