Stella Young's TED talk on disability

Born in Stawell in Western Victoria, Australia, Stella Young cut her activist teeth at the age of 14 by conducting an access audit of shops on the local main street. It didn’t take long — it was a pretty short street.

She became active in the disability community in a variety of roles, including membership of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Department of Victorian communities and Women With Disabilities Victoria. Young was a two-time state finalist in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Raw Comedy competition; and hosted eight seasons of Australia’s first disability culture program, No Limits, aired on Channel 31 and community stations across the country.

With a strong interest in issues facing women and young people with disabilities, Young worked with the Youth Disability Advocacy Service to establish the LiveAccess project, advocating for better access to live music venues. She held a degree in journalism from Deakin University and a Diploma of Secondary Education from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining the ABC, Stella worked in Public Programs at Melbourne Museum, where she taught kids about bugs, dinosaurs and other weird and wonderful things. :)

Young passed away at the age of 32 on December 8, 2014.

Cara Reedy's 'Gift of Being Different'

Comedian and writer Cara Reedy, originally from St. Louis but now living in New York City, was born with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Though both of her parents are of average height, dwarfism happens at least once in every 15,000 births, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Reedy talks about why living with her condition — which can “happen to anyone,” she says — doesn’t prevent her from living a normal life contrary to popular belief.

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