Today 15 blind or vision impaired Aboriginal people from across Australia will meet on Gadigal land in Sydney for the inaugural Aboriginal Blind Persons Gathering. First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN), the peak organisation of and for First Peoples with disability has convened the meeting in partnership with Blind Citizens Australia.
The historic gathering is the first of its kind in Australia and the intention is to commence discussions leading to the formation of an Aboriginal Blind Persons Network.
Damian Griffis, CEO FPDN said: “This is an important gathering. Aboriginal blind people from urban, regional and remote areas – some who have not travelled outside of their communities before – will be coming together to connect, share stories and to learn about a range of support that may be available to them,”
“FPDN is a cross disability organisation, but we recognise the importance of supporting our people who are blind or vision impaired to have access to a group in which to share their unique experiences and to work together to identify priorities for Aboriginal blind people.”
“FPDN welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with Blind Citizens Australia to host this Gathering and we look forward to input from the community members present to our work in the future.”