Rights / Inclusiveness

Rafting A Wheelchair Won’t Stop Us!

By creating artwork and story-telling, I want to shift perspectives and promote inclusion in schools and help to start conversations among students from a wide range of ages about looking at people with disability as people first: See me and not my disability!

Janelle McMillian

About the project

Janelle McMillian is an artist and author who has cerebral palsy. While she describes herself as non-verbal she has a lot to say. She is feisty, determined and smart. The OUTSIDE THE BOX / Earth Arts Rights team has worked with Janelle to publish her children’s book ‘Rafting – A Wheelchair Won’t Stop Us!’.

First published in 2018 as part of The People’s Library created by A Published Event, this new edition is supported by an accompanying set of Teachers’ Notes and a short documentary film.

The book and Teachers’ Notes package is available free of charge to all Tasmanian schools and educational institutions.

Individuals can also purchase copies of the book from Fullers Bookshop.

OUTSIDE THE BOX / Earth Arts Rights thanks its funding supporters for this project: Hobart City Council and Bellendena Small Grants Scheme.

Cover of Rafting – A Wheelchair Won’t Stop Us! showing a computer drawn image of six people, two in the water, three standing and one in a wheelchair — all smiling.
Cover of Rafting – A Wheelchair Won’t Stop Us!
Image of page spread from Rafting – A Wheelchair Won’t Stop Us! showing the text on one page and a computer drawn image of five people. Two of the people are standing on the bonnet of a red car with a wheelchair on the roof.
Page spread from Rafting – A Wheelchair Won’t Stop Us!
Artwork by Janelle McMillan showing Janelle on a pink rug against a landscape background.
Self portrait by Janelle McMillan
Photo of Janelle McMillan with four school children holding some of her t-shirts and books, with bookshelves behind them — all smiling.
Janelle McMillan with school children holding some of her t-shirts and books
Images: Janelle McMillian