Count Me In Ambassadors Inducted By Minister

Count Me In Ambassadors Inducted By Minister

Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Helen Morton

Ambassadors Advocate For People With Disability

Victor P Taffa

A group of 21 high-profile West Australians have made a commitment to speak out about issues that affect people with disability, their families and carers.

Television Newsreader Narelda Jacobs, Professor Fiona Stanley and Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi are among the State’s first Count Me In Ambassadors inducted to the Program today by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton.

Mrs. Morton said the Program had been introduced to provide more voices to spread the word on WA’s Count Me In: Disability Future Directions strategy.

“The vision behind the strategy is that all people live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.” Mrs. Morton said.

“The strategy guides the work of the Disability Services Commission and the development of all Government projects and services to ensure access and inclusion is addressed as a priority.”

The Chairperson of the Commission’s Board, Bruce Langoulant is patron for the Program and will support the ambassadors’ work to spread the Count Me In Message.

The Minister said it was heartening to see the high level of commitment from the ambassadors, who already had busy and full lives.

“I acknowledge this role will take up some of their time.” Mrs. Morton said.

“But I know each ambassador has taken this step to raise awareness about the need for greater access and inclusion in every aspect of our lives because they see these issues as important.”

Count Me In ambassadors will provide independent comment on disability issues as opportunities arise in the course of their career, voluntary work or leisure pursuits.

“The commission has confidence in the ambassadors because they all share the same core value, that people with disability are entitled to the same opportunities and services as others.” Mrs Morton said.