Melanie Tran

Sydney Startup Hub celebrates International Day of People with Disability

'It’s all about perception and perspective,' UX designer and person with a disability, Melanie Tran, says.

Monday, December 3 is International Day of People with Disability. To mark the occasion Sydney Startup Hub tenants Fishburners are supporting the #IAMABLE campaign to smash stereotypes around disability.

Melanie Tran has joined the campaign and says that people with disability are often expected to fit into an inaccessible society, whether it is environmentally or culturally.

'But we need to work together to make the society we live in flexible enough to adapt, and have the ability to embrace all that makes us unique,' Melanie said.

Almost one in five Australians reported that they lived with a disability in 2015, ABS data shows.

Fishburners CEO Pandora Shelley said that they were proud to support the #IAMABLE campaign.

'Fishburners is a host to a large number of startups using technology to help create positive change, dissolve barriers and support a diverse community of Australians,' she said.

'It’s great to see some of our startups having a fantastic impact in this space include Xceptional and Home Care Heroes and the wonderful disability tech accelerator Remarkable.'

#IAMABLE is a digital portrait gallery sharing the lived experiences of people with disabilities. It is a joint project of AbleFinder and Remarkable.