The exhibition poses more than just photos. You don't necessarily need to understand the aperture, the lighting, the angles, or the size of the photo itself. What matters is the person.

As you reflect upon the reflection of the person's life, you are able to see things differently. Not just visually, but mentally with your mind's eye.

The stories provide you with an understanding of what they have gone, and continue to go through. Their willingness to learn, their will to keep going ... each photo represents a moment in time evoking multiple feelings and thoughts. One cannot simply walk by without a glance prolonged by curiosity.

As we hosted the exhibition over a week at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery to tie in with Anti-Poverty Week, we bore witness to people's reactions, thoughts and generated conversation surrounding the photos.

From positioning themselves in the person's place to empathise with people's motivation to break through hardship, the End the Cycle Exhibition provided a centerpiece for discussion and relevance.

The images attract attention, but the stories speak to the core being.

Joshua Dalay-On, Bachelor of Public Relations Student at the University of South Australia

"The End the Cycle stories are a powerful resource for these presentations on disability–inclusive development practices. They allow us to demonstrate the clear link between the ways people with disabilities live in developing countries and how making small changes can have such a positive impact, there is a significant change in attitude and desire to learn more.

End the Cycle provides us with the tools to demonstrate that the change process really doesn’t have to mean a burden on the organisation - just a rethink how to do things. Being able to relate the principals of inclusive practices to the stories of real people with the lived experience puts everything into context. Thank you so much for this valuable resource"

Christine Walton, Executive Officer, ADDC

"The End the Cycle videos have become an invaluable part of the disability inclusion training delivered by Plan International Australia and our partners. The stories of people with disabilities and their experience are great to prompt thought about the barriers faced by people with disabilities in developing countries. In particular, we have found the videos great at the start of workshops to get participants thinking about disability, the link with poverty and how this relates to our work at Plan.

Within Australia, the videos have been shown in a number of contexts: information session delivered to the whole organisation to highlight the link between poverty and disability; workshop with the Plan Australia programs team to guide a brainstorming exercise on disability inclusion; and during the disability session as part of the “Understanding Development course”, an internal course for new Plan staff to increase understanding on development and rights. The videos were also used during a capacity building pilot in Indonesia with Plan Indonesia staff and in Bangkok to Plan staff from 14 countries in Asia, the America and Eastern and Southern Africa.

In all contexts, with Plan staff in Australia and in field offices, the videos are powerful tools for raising awareness and increasing understanding about disability."

Megan Tucker, Disability Advisor, PLAN Australia

CARE Australia was looking at ways to raise awareness about disability-inclusive development in our Country Offices. We developed a resource that provided information on disability, encouraged staff to think about their own perceptions and created a staff role play.

However, we still wanted a resource that gave a voice to people with disability and showcased both the challenges and opportunities that people with disability face in developing countries.

The End the Cycle DVD was perfect. End the Cycle is a very useful resource that we now use in disability-inclusive development training in our Country Offices. The Laos section provides case studies that people in our Mekong Country Offices can relate to while the Solomon Islands case studies resonated with our Vanuatu office.

We ran a session on disability-inclusive development with new staff working on our disaster risk reduction project in Vanuatu.

Here is a selection of quotes from CARE Vanuatu staff following the session:

• “The use of powerpoints and videos of different disabilities makes the participants care more and understand better”
• “People with disabilities also have the rights as we do”
• “Parts that I like most is the video was in the Solomons – interesting to see how they provide for their different needs”
• “I like the video – it shows good examples”
• “I like when people with disability talk about their point of view, i.e. being neglected, their desires etc.”
• “Very touching, I am moved. It’s good to open up ourselves. Understand them and help them meet their needs and exercise their rights”

We are excited to hear about new End the Cycle resources and look forward to sharing these resources with our Country Offices and continuing to raise awareness on disability-inclusive development. This awareness will help ensure we really are reaching the most vulnerable people in the community and will lead to better quality inclusive programming.

Takara Morgan, Senior Program Officer, CARE Australia

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