WA Disability Awareness Week 29 November-3 December 2010

WA Disability Awareness Week 29 November-3 December 2010

Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien

Awareness Week Highlights Achievements In Disability

Victor P Taffa

Count Me In Awards and scholarships, key funding announcements and new Programs form part of Disability Awareness Week Events, beginning on Monday until December 3.

Hosted by the Disability Services Commission, the week recognises and shares the achievements of individuals, organisations, State and Local Government, and local communities in contributing to a better future for people with disability, their families and carers.

It promotes the objectives of the 15-year strategy ‘Count Me In: Disability Future Directions’ which contains priority areas and pathways to ensure all people live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.

Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien said Disability Awareness Week aimed to raise understanding in the community about the contribution people with disability made to enriching society.

“The week raises the profile of the achievements of people with disability and also highlights the challenges they and their families and carers sometimes face.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“Disability Awareness Week will culminate in the Count Me In Awards, on International Day of People with Disability (December 3), which celebrates the contribution many West Australians make towards a better life for people with disability and their families.”

“More than 160 Community Groups and Organisations are participating in the week, spreading the word that everyone wants and needs to be counted in.” Mr. O’Brien said.

The Commission is hosting a range of events to celebrate Disability Awareness Week:

Beach and Water Access Forum – Hillarys – November 30

This forum is for Organisations and Community Groups interested in improving access to beaches, rivers and lakes and for those already providing beach wheelchairs and beach matting.

2010 Count Me In Scholarships – December 1

The winners of three scholarships worth $15,000 will be announced.  Winners will travel overseas to examine the world’s best practice in Disability Services.

2010 Count Me In Awards (International Day of People with Disability) – December 3

The award ceremony will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre at 10am on International Day of People with Disability.

Count Me In Schools Competition – December 3

The winning school will be announced at the Count Me In Awards. Students were invited to submit multimedia presentations on how they see people with disability in their community.