Disability inquiry hears Indigenous voices

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Indigenous Australians will share their experiences of living with disabilities with a royal commission in Brisbane on Monday.

The commission handed down an interim report in October that found barriers exist on every level - from environmental and institutional challenges to community attitudes - that prevent full societal inclusion of people with disability.

It will hear specifically from Indigenous Australians when it sits in Queensland's capital for its eighth hearing from November 23 to November 27.

Senior counsel assisting Lincoln Crowley and Dr Kerri Mellifont QC will explore how "culturally appropriate and accessible" supports are provided to Indigenous people living with a disability.

Mr Crowley QC is only the second Indigenous lawyer in Australia to assume the role of senior counsel.

A traditional cleansing ceremony and welcome to country was performed by traditional custodian Shannon Ruska and dancers at the commission's Brisbane headquarters on Friday.