17 Jan 2014

Stella Young on comedy, and disability activism

From Summer Nights, 7:10 pm on 17 January 2014

Stella YoungProminent disability activist and comedian Stella Young has died.

The former editor of ABC's Ramp Up website – the online space for news, discussion and opinion about disability in Australia – had been active in the disability community in a variety of roles, including membership of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Department of Victorian communities and Women With Disabilities Victoria.

Stella was a two-time state finalist in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Raw Comedy competition; and has hosted eight seasons of Australia's first disability culture program No Limits. Stella worked with the Youth Disability Advocacy Service to establish the LiveAccess project, advocating for better access to live music venues.

Stella Young passed away, aged 32, on Saturday 6 December 2014.

She spoke with Charlotte Graham on Summer Nights earlier this year.