Count Me In Disability Awareness Week Awards 2010

Count Me In Disability Awareness Week Awards 2010

Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien

Award Winners Contribute to a Better Future for all West Australians

Victor P Taffa

Better access for everyone to enjoy the Beach, a Hospitality Course Tailored to Individuals and a Volunteer Guardianship Program were just some of the successful ideas honoured at this year’s Count Me In Awards.

The awards were announced today on International Day of People with Disability, and concluded Disability Awareness Week.

Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien said the awards recognised individuals and organisations committed to increasing the opportunities for people with disability to participate in community life.

“This year’s nominations were outstanding examples of what can be achieved when there’s a will and commitment to try new ways of doing things and change things for the better.” Mr. O’Brien said.

 

 

“It is heartening to see so many people and organisations wanting to foster a more accessible and inclusive Western Australia.  Every contribution makes a difference to people’s lives and brings us closer to a better future for all West Australians.”

The Minister said the 2010 Count Me In Awards were closely aligned with the goals of the State’s long-term blueprint ‘Count Me In: Disability Future Directions’, for an inclusive community.

“The vision of Count Me In is to create communities that are welcoming and accessible to all citizens and provide a fair go for everyone.” Mr. O’Brien said.

This year, the new Disability Future Directions Award, recognising outstanding initiatives that ensure inclusion of all people, was won by the City of Rockingham for its Access to Water Initiative that enables everyone to enjoy and access the beach by providing beach wheelchairs and beach matting.

The Major Count Me In Award, the Dr. Louisa Alessandri Award for Excellence, went to the Office of the Public Advocate’s Community Guardianship program, which appoints volunteers as guardians for people with disability seeking assistance with decision making.

The 2010 Count Me In Award Category Winners were:

Count Me In Award for an Individual

  • Winner:  Kim Parker – advocate for people with Autism;

Highly commended:  

  • Amber Howard, Live it with Line Dancing, Queens Park.

Count Me In Award for Education and Training (Post School)

  • Winner:  Certificate 1 Hospitality Course, Great Southern Institute of Technology, Albany;
  • Finalist:  Residential Village Access Unit, Durack Institute of Technology, Geraldton.

Count Me In Award for State Government

  • Winner:  Community Guardianship Program, Office of the Public Advocate, East Perth;

Highly commended:  

  • LIFE Programme, VenuesWest Arena, Joondalup.

Barry MacKinnon Award for Employment

Highly Commended:  

  • Intework Employment Program – City of Mandurah.

Count Me In Award for Local Government

  • Winner:  Intework employment program – City of Mandurah.

Highly commended:

  • Disability Access and Inclusions Committee Projects, Shire of Collie;
  • Access to Water Initiative, City of Rockingham;
  • Disability Awareness Training, City of Cockburn.

Disability Future Directions Award

  • Winner:  Access to Water Initiative, City of Rockingham;

Highly commended:

  • City of Mandurah – Intework Employment Program;
  • Disability Access and Inclusions Projects, Shire of Collie.

Dr. Louisa Alessandri Award for Excellence

For the most outstanding winner from all Count Me In Awards’ Categories:

  • Winner:  Community Guardianship Program, Office of the Public Advocate, East Perth;
  • Highly commended:  Kim Parker – advocate for people with Autism.