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news Bridie reaches new heights Kicking goals D isability service provider Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability) has announced a partnership with the AFL’s Hawthorn Football Club for the 2019 season. The partnership encourages inclusivity, healthy lifestyles and opportunity for people A ctor Bridie McKim plays 16-year- old high school student Sabine Rosso on the ABC’s new drama series The Heights. Bridie (pictured) is a triplet disability is her context, not her storyline.” Bridie said she likes playing Sabine because she is “bold, knows her own mind and is a bit of a sass queen”. “She is still trying to figure who grew up in Brisbane and herself out but she backs has mild cerebral palsy. She is herself every step of the way,” enjoying playing a character Bridie said. with cerebral palsy, and is “It’s so incredible to play passionate about authentic a woman who is like that, disability narratives. especially a young woman “Authentic disability narratives in film and television with disability.” According to the ABC, are so important as everybody The Heights is a 30-part has a right to see their own serial drama that mines the experience reflected on frictions of social stratification screen,” Bridie said. in the melting pot of urban “Almost 20 per cent of our Australia. population has a disability After The Heights, Bridie and yet it is rare to see any hopes to continue to work in characters or storylines film and television. that reflect the true lived “I would love the experience of being a person opportunity to explore both with disability. I believe that disabled and non-disabled characters like Sabine are characters and storylines,” so important because she she said. defies stereotypes as her 10 with disability across Victoria. news www.abc.net.au/tv Afford Chief Executive Officer Steven Herald said that the partnership between Afford and Hawthorn will stimulate conversation around disability. “Afford’s partnership with Hawthorn encourages discussion about creating inclusive communities, where people of all abilities can participate in sport and enjoy fulfilling and meaningful lives with support,” Mr Herald said. “AFL is a much-loved game for Melbournians and we are pleased to have formed this relationship with Hawthorn, and to take our message of inclusivity and supporting people with disability to the thousands of AFL fans.” Along with opportunities for Afford participants to meet their sporting idols, Afford will also support Hawthorn’s disability league and provide guidance for players and the wider community about transitioning to the NDIS. www.afford.com.au Above: Jacob with Hawthorn Hawks mascots. Left: Afford Lifestyle Assistant Laura, with Afford client Christina, Hawks staff member Elle Dow, Afford clients Max and Samuel, and Hawks staff member Oscar Anderson. linkonline.com.au