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One in five Australians has a disability. That’s about 4 million people. Chances are you, or someone you know, has a disability.

Being discriminated against because of disability is unlawful. But until 1993, it was not against the law to deny someone with a disability, equality.

On March 1, the Disability Discrimination Act will celebrate not just its 20th birthday, but a collection of triumphs, that have made Australia a better place.

Twenty Years: Twenty Stories is a collection of stories, told on film, demonstrating how the lives of those with disability have changed under the Act and in some cases, change hasn’t eventuated. It’s the culmination of months of hard work by the Sydney Community Foundation, The Australian Human Rights Commission as well as film makers and grassroots organisations. It’s a celebration made possible by the generosity of philanthropic groups, corporate donors and government.

Australia is on the cusp of change; 2013 will see the disability landscape transform. Major decisions will be made about issues including the NDIS and the sterilisation of people with disability. It’s a sector in need of more change and one that cannot be ignored.

Help us to help Australians understand that disability doesn’t have to be a negative experience. But it does need understanding and that’s something each and every film has to offer.

Watch, enjoy and reflect.

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The Sydney Community Foundation is an organisation comprising a collection of endowed funds established by individuals, families, companies, government agencies, local councils and other charitable trusts - a community of donors - to make a lasting difference to the life of the people in their community.