Photo of Coco, a 22-year-old person (they/them) with dark brown short hair with purple highlights and green eyes. Coco has a silver septum ring and is pictured with a light beige background.

About

Name
Jet
Age
19
Studies
Global studies
Work
Not For Profit
Location
Port Phillip
Pronouns
They/Them

A healthy future would be feeling limitless in your opportunity and ability to create, regardless of your level of ability or disability.

Coco feels a strong sense of community in Naarm (Melbourne), and is especially connected to the queer community. 

They like knowing "other people have got your back". But, as a young person with a disability, it's harder to find others in the same situation.

"It can be a really lonely experience, and really isolating," says Coco, who's doing global studies and working in youth mental health. 

"I would love to have more people with a shared experience to talk to, and for there to be more programs and opportunities for us to connect."

When disabled voices are heard, especially through the arts, "non-disabled people can see our beauty and strength - not just in some of of 'inspirational' way, just [see] our humanity."

Coco, who makes music, visual art and short films, says art is incredibly healing and powerful.

If disabled young people are empowered to participate, "then other people can see the amazing people we are ... the love we have to give, the amazing things we can create, and careers we can hold!"