At present, people with disabilities are underrepresented and invisible in politics, public life and leadership.
Women With Disabilities ACT (WWDACT) believes that emerging leaders are the changemakers of the future. The organisation is a systemic advocacy and peer support organisation for women, girls, feminine identifying and non-binary people with disability in the ACT region.
"We say that young leaders with disabilities will snap up a chance to share their vision for making changes in their chosen field of endeavour," a spokesperson from WWDACT said.
"That is why we started Pitch Your Passion as a way to create more performance and leadership opportunities for young people with disabilities and mental health challenges in the Canberra Region.
"Pitch Your Passion is an annual variety show for young people aged 16 to 27 with disabilities or mental health challenges to share their stories in a supportive environment.
"A musical performance, or call to arms for climate change, an engineering idea or animated storytelling."
The variety show will be held in March, 2020 in Canberra. A workshop will be held before the event to give participants a chance to build connections, rehearse and build their confidence.
Performers and speakers will each have a 10-minute slot to perform or deliver a speech of their choosing. They welcome all different types of performance - dancers, singers, slam poets, circus, comedians, drag queens.... whatever you enjoy doing, they want to see it!
Speeches can range in topic - share your story or deliver a talk on something you're passionate about, your struggles, something you love or something you hate.
Performers and speakers involved in this event may receive a scholarship from WWDACT to work with a mentor in their chosen field of performance to build their skills.
If you want to be in it, or an enthusiastic audience member, or just join WWDACT for future news and events, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 0468 324 695 or visit wwdact.org.au.