Disabled Women’s who achieved success – Differently Abled

2.Stella Jane Young

stella jane youngStella Jane Young (24 February 1982 – 6 Dec 2014) was an Australian comedian, journalist and disability rights activist.

Young was born in 1982 at Stawell, Victoria. She was born with osteogenesis imperfecta( a bone disease that mainly affects the bone) and used a wheelchair for most of her life. At the age of fourteen, she audited the accessibility of the main street businesses of her town.

She held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and public relations from Deakin University, Geelong and a Graduate Certificate in education from the University of Melbourne. once graduating in 2004, she worked for a time as a secondary school teacher.

Stella Young career

stella jane young career

Young worked as the editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s online magazine, Ramp Up. Before joining the ABC, she had worked as a teacher in public programs at Melbourne Museum, and hosted eight seasons of No Limits, a disability culture program on community TV station channel thirty-one.

In a ramp-up editorial revealed in July 2012, she deconstructed society’s habit of turning disabled individuals into what she called “inspiration porn”. The idea was further popularized in her April 2014 TEDxSydney talk, entitled “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much”.

stella jane young TEDx Sydney 2014

Having previously appeared in many comedy showcases and cluster shows, Stella made her festival debut as a solo entertainer at the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her show Tales from the Crip, directed by Nelly Thomas, won her the award for best newcomer at the competition. She was also a part of the boards of the Ministerial Advisory Council for the Department of Victorian Communities, Victorian disability advisory Council, the Youth disability advocacy Service and women with Disabilities Victoria.

In 2017 Young was inducted posthumously onto the Victorian Honour Roll of women in recognition of her work as a “journalist, comedian, feminist and fierce disability activist”.

Young died unexpectedly in Melbourne, on 6 Dec 2014 of a suspected aneurysm.


Video: Stella Young TED Talk

Stella Young Quotes

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