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Elizabeth
Wright

Disability Activist, Speaker, Writer, & Consultant

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Elizabeth Wright is an Australian Paralympic Medallist and ABC journalist with a drive to help people understand what disability is, the issues disabled people face and how to be a better disability ally.

Elizabeth was born with limb difference and since childhood has advocated for her right to be included in mainstream schooling, in sport, at university and in the workplace. A master at reinvention and spotting allies and opportunities, since retiring from sport, Elizabeth has been an artist, academic, writer, and magazine editor.

Recently, Elizabeth moved back to Australia after 13 years in the UK, to take on a role at the ABC, her biggest challenge yet. Her experience in the UK gives her a global perspective on disability, inclusion and diversity, a perspective that is key to the work she does now.

Elizabeth uses her lived experience to educate and challenge those across education and business sectors, providing practical tips and know-how on how to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace, organisation, or school.

A storyteller at heart, Elizabeth inspires positive social change and illustrates how supporting all people in our communities leads to a more thriving society. She demonstrates that allyship is the way forward if we are to be more inclusive of disabled people, both through accessibility and representation.

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The False Start Medalist

Elizabeth Wright’s Paralympic story will inspire and help you realise that resilience and success isn’t always about hanging on to the bitter end.

Through story and linking to positive psychology research, Elizabeth will take you on a journey that reveals the effortlessness of letting things go and how letting go can help you soar. This talk is perfect for after dinner, team away days, or award evenings.

Key takeaways
1. Success looks different to everyone
2. Letting go of the result you want can lead to greater things
3. How to live life with courage.

How To Be a Better Disability Ally

Most of Elizabeth Wright's successes have come about because of the team of allies she had behind her. Without their support and advocacy to create access and opportunities, Elizabeth doubts she would have gotten as far as she has, which is why she encourages non-disabled people she meets to think about how they can be better disability allies. This keynote or workshop will support you in understanding what disability is, how to make your space more accessible, why you should consider what language you use around disability, and how you can create opportunities for disabled people in the community. All of this is done in a safe and non-judgemental way.

Key takeaways
1. You will have a deeper understanding of exactly what disability is
2. Why the social model of disability is key to disability inclusion
3. Simple steps you can take immediately to be a better disability ally in your school, charity or business.

Panellist

Elizabeth Wright brings her lived experience and solutions focused thinking to any panel that she is a part of. Warm and open-hearted Elizabeth loves to engage in discussions on disability, inclusion, diversity and resilience. As a journalist with the ABC and active member of the disability community, she has her finger on the pulse of the latest issues, including the NDIS and employment.

MC & Host

Elizabeth Wright likes to bring a human touch to her role as MC. With care and thought, she will work with you to create an event that ensures everyone feels welcome and included. Once onstage, Elizabeth with use her humour and engagement to connect with the audience and guest speakers, making sure that the focus is on who and what is important.
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