Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien
Community To Gain From Research By Disability Scholars
Victor P Taffa
People with disability and their families and carers will be the ultimate beneficiaries of Count Me In Scholarships, awarded today during Disability Awareness Week.
Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien said three $15,000 Research Scholarships had been awarded to support a better future for people with disability as part of the 15- year strategy ‘Count Me In: Disability Future Directions’.
Mr. O’Brien said the Count Me In strategy aimed to provide people with Disability with strong economic and community foundations, support for individual participation and contribution in community life, and personalised supports and services.
“After completing their Scholarships, recipients will return to share their findings with the disability sector and others, which will in turn influence practice and policy for the betterment of our entire community.” the Minister said.
“The research and study to come out of the County Me In Scholarships has the potential to impact positively on a huge section of our population.”
The 2010 Count Me In Scholarship Winners are:
- Michelle O’Sullivan, Learning Support Coordinator at Castletown Primary School, Esperance. She will visit the United States and Canada to research ways to build the capacity of parents to support and develop opportunities for inclusive experiences in secondary schools;
- Lisa Moshovis, Speech Pathologist, The Centre for Cerebral Palsy, Coolbinia. She will visit the United Kingdom and Canada to investigate international best practices in personalised supports and services in professional services, to inform and shape WA services;
- Amanda Perlinski, Complex Needs Coordinator, Disability Services Commission, West Perth. She will visit the United Kingdom to investigate service and support systems for people with exceptionally complex needs.