Han­nah Cole­man

Disability activist

Han­nah Cole­man

Disability activist

Han­nah Cole­man is a ceram­ic artist, stu­dent, Girl Guide, a young carer, a mem­ber of the Youth Advis­ory Coun­cil of the ACT, and dis­ab­il­ity advoc­ate.

Three years ago, Han­nah Cole­man was dia­gnosed with severe neur­o­lo­gic­al Lyme Dis­ease and has been in a wheel­chair for the past 2 years. She doesn’t see her­self as a dis­abled per­son, but a reg­u­lar per­son with a dis­ab­il­ity. In this talk from TEDx­Can­ber­ra 2012, Han­nah tells her story in her own words, urging us all to live our own lives to the fullest.


Han­nah Cole­man suf­fers from Lyme Dis­ease and has spent most of her life being very ill, includ­ing being close to death sev­er­al times. But that doesn’t stop her from liv­ing a ful­filled, com­plete life, includ­ing her being one of the biggest TED fans ever and a big sup­port­er of TEDx­Can­ber­ra.

Han­nah is also the daugh­ter of TEDx­Can­ber­ra 2011 presen­ter, Dr. Steph­en Cole­man. It’s a bit of a TEDx­Can­ber­ra dyn­asty.