We’ve Got This
Moderator: Eliza Hull • Brian Edwards, Elly-may Barnes and Shakira Hussein
How do parents who are blind take their children to the park? How do Deaf parents know when their baby cries at night? More than 15% of Australian households have a parent with a disability. Our panel share stories about the highs and lows of parenting with a disability.
Brian is a proud Wiradjuri man and a disability advocate with Absec and the NDIS. Before becoming blind, he played rugby league for more than ten years with the Redfern All Blacks. Now he plays cricket with people who are blind. He is a DJ and has travelled the world performing.
Elly-May is the youngest daughter of rockstar Jimmy Barnes. She sings in his band as well as performing her own cabaret shows.
Shakira Hussein is a writer and researcher based at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11 (Yale University Press/New South), and her work has been published in a wide range of academic, literary and media publications.
Eliza is a contemporary musician, disability advocate and writer based in regional Victoria. She has been published in Growing Up Disabled in Australia, and her podcast series on parenting with a disability, We’ve Got This, was one of Radio National’s and ABC Life’s most successful series of all time. She was awarded the Arts Access Australia National Leadership Award in 2021.