Project Open Doors Launch Video

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin launches Project Open Doors.

Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner Mr. Alastair McEwin launched Project Open Doors calling on student journalists to combat stereotypes and promote positive perceptions and respect for the rights of people with disabilities citeing article 8 of the convention on the rights of people with disabilities.

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Federal Member for Ryan Hon. Jane Prentice, MP, introduced Mr. McEwin, followed by a Keynote presentation by Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Logan Campus Professor Lesley Chenoweth  AO,

Guest Speakers included advocate and spokesperson, Mr. Alex Baker and Self Advocate Ms. Jill Goodman who spoke about their experiences of being self-advocates and why inclusion matters.

The launch was followed by a series of Panel discussions featuring Qld Disability Commissioner Kevin Cocks AM, CEO Deaf Services Queensland Mr. Brett Casey, and a variety of speakers from our partner organisations and support services along with journalists, mentors, and activists.

Videos of each session appears below.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us at if you would like more information.


Project Open Doors Launch and Panel Discussion 1 – Why media inclusion needs to be addressed

Panel Discussion 2 – We don’t all speak with one voice

Panel Discussion  3 and 4  – Issues impacting the Disability Sector and How to approach interviewing



Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services Jane Prentice gives students a challenge at the launch of Project Open Doors.