When she was a child, Julie Jordan felt her world had been turned upside down.
Jordan was one of four children in the family, and her older brother, Jordan’s sister, was autistic.
As a teenager, Jordan was also bullied.
“I used to feel like my family was always being threatened, but they never got it because I had the attention of my father and all my friends,” she says.
In the 1990s, Jordan decided to leave home to attend university in Australia, and soon found herself facing discrimination in her new home.
She says it took her two years to leave the house, and then she was targeted in the media.
“It felt like every time I did something, people were calling me a bigot,” she recalls.
“So I just got angry and said ‘No, I’m not a bigot’.” The abuse continued.
“The things I experienced really scared me,” Jordan says.
“There were so many negative things that I was exposed to.
There were also so many people who were trying to manipulate me.”
Jordan says she was subjected to bullying and sexism at school, and eventually decided to get involved in the disability rights movement.
As part of her activism, she became a spokesperson for the National Disability Rights Forum, and started a disability advocacy group.
She says she started to feel “the weight of the world” on her shoulders, and she knew that it would have to stop.
Jordan has since found a new purpose in her life.
She now runs the disability advocacy organization, Disability Action Australia, which she describes as an “all-volunteer” group of people who share a common interest in disability rights.
When I’m working, I don’t feel like I have any responsibility, she says, but it is important that people know that I am still here, that I care.
While Jordan says she’s never felt more supported in her work, she has also learned to embrace the negative comments and negative behaviour she’s received.
This is where she’s found the strength to say, ‘You know, I am disabled, I have a disability.
You know, people have called me a racist, you know, a bigot, you can do that, too.'”‘
It is a very personal thing’A recent study conducted by the University of Sydney’s Disability Services showed that Australians with disabilities are less likely to have a positive view of disability.
For example, in a survey of 914 people aged between 20 and 64, 43 per cent of respondents said they would be less likely or never want a partner or child with a disability, compared to 28 per cent who would have a partner, partner or a child.
A more recent survey by the Australian Disability Rights Alliance (ADRA) also found that just 12 per cent respondents believed they would have “a good or very good” relationship with a disabled person.
And research shows that people with disabilities may be less aware of their disability, and less comfortable discussing it with others.
Researchers found that when asked how they felt about their disability status, one in four respondents said it was very or somewhat difficult to talk about their condition.
So how can people avoid being bullied in the workplace?
When it comes to bullying, the answers can be simple, or even confusing.
It’s a complex issue, says Helen Smith, director of employment, human resources and training at the Australian Centre for Employment Research.
People can often assume that it’s not a big deal to get a complaint about bullying.
But she says this can be a barrier.
If people feel they can’t complain because they’re uncomfortable, it’s important to remember that it can be easier to take your complaint to the workplace.
The workplace can be an environment where bullying is more accepted, Smith says.
She points out that if a complaint has been made to the human resources office, they can then investigate the matter.
Smith says that while bullying can be hard to recognise, it is something that people need to be aware of.
It’s a very complex issue,” she explains.
You should be able to tell if somebody is bullying because they have a particular tone of voice, they have certain characteristics, like how they talk, and so on.
But that’s not always the case, and that can make it difficult for someone to recognise that there is a problem.
Smith recommends that people have a conversation about the nature of bullying, how they’re being bullied, and how they feel about it.
“You can also look at whether there are other things they can do, like talking to them about how they are being bullied or getting in touch with them,” she adds.
We also need to understand the social context, whether it’s a workplace, or social circles, Smith adds.
“We also have to recognise how we are being used by the bully and how that affects us and the relationship we have with them