Stories

Stevie Wills, CBM Australia’s Community Education Officer shares what it feels like to be seen. Using personal experience, she teaches us where to look if we too would like true sight for those living with disability. A substitute teacher was taking our Year 9/10 IT class. I was sitting at a desk where there wasn’t a computer,...

Jillian Ferguson, Disability Inclusion Advisor at CBM, reports back on the positive outcome of her trip to Timor where disability inclusive training has been conducted. It’s not uncommon for people with disabilities to face barriers to accessing everyday health services. People with disabilities are often unable to receive essential vaccinations and access medication for treatable or...

CBM Australia tomorrow releases a new report calling for the development sector to bridge the gap between gender and disability to ensure we leave no one behind and meet the 2030 Agenda. The report Leave No One Behind: Gender equality, disability inclusion, and leadership for sustainable development highlights the discrimination that exists at the intersection of...

Janice Lucas, the Senior Advisor for CBM Australia’s International Programs, visits a project in India. Visiting our CBM partner, in the hills of Megalaya, North East India, I did not expect to have my perspective on disability so revitalized. One only needed to spend a day surrounded by the children that attend a CBM partner school to learn what...

Stevie Wills, CBM Australia’s Community Education Officer writes a heartfelt response after attending the Micah Australia budget night event. Meeting with many like-minded people, she reflects on what the outcome of the budget announcement means long-term and her hope for justice in the future. Every year, in the first week of May, hundreds of people descend...

When you live in the fast-paced lifestyle of Western culture, protecting future generations from River Blindness can seem like a distant and at times hard-to-relate-to topic. From the heart of a loving aunty, Stevie Wills, CBM Australia’s Community Education Officer, unpacks the emotional moment she realised that protecting future generations is actually relevant to everyone...

Sabene Gomes, a CBM Program Officer, shares an incredible story on Eye-health from her latest trip to India. Read as she shares why some people run away from help, and reminds us why community education is so important. The first thing I noticed about the women was their nose piercings. Decorative, and with a bright pink stone...

The Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper promised a new direction, but tonight’s Budget heralds more of the same for Australia’s beleaguered and declining aid program, say representatives of CBM, Australia’s leading disability-focused INGO. Jane Edge, CEO of CBM, said, “With 30% excised from the aid budget over the last five years, tonight’s budget has set out...

This blog was written by CBM Australia's Advocacy and Communications team, who have collected stories of the lived experience of people with disabilities in Vanuatu. Globally, one in three women (35 per cent) who have been in a relationship have experienced physical or sexual violence. Yet in some parts of the world, the rates are much...