Since 1788 an uncounted number of people with disability in Australia have died at the hands of others in institutions, places of confinement and at the hands of families and authorities. Some of them died without the simple grace of a funeral and they lie in the grounds of countless institutions which themselves have passed from memory. They are uncounted, but they are not forgotten.
And now they are remembered. The White Flower Memorial is an initiative of disability rights activists, including Board members of People with Disability Australia (PWDA) to offer remembrance and thanks for the lives of people with disability who have died. In doing so, we collectively throw a spotlight on murder, violence, neglect and other practices which devalue the lives of all of us. We assert the right to life and dignity of the person under article 10 of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.
We also invite our friends, allies and supporters to share images of white flowers, whether natural or made by hand, on Twitter (@WhiteFlowerDay) and on this e- memorial page with the hashtag #WhiteFlowerMemorial.
THOSE WHO WERE UNCOUNTED, IGNORED AND UNHEARD IN LIFE LIVE ON IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.
Image: Close-up of a bunch of white daisy chrysanthemums on a black background.