Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien
Nominations Open For 2010 Count Me In Awards
Victor P Taffa
Individuals and organisations committed to access and inclusion for people with disability will be honoured at this year’s Count Me In Awards.
Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien said the awards recognised the outstanding achievements of individuals; State and local government; business; education and training organisations; and developers, planners and architects; for projects or initiatives that created more welcoming communities for people with disability.
The 2010 Count Me In Awards have been aligned with the Disability Services Commission’s 15-year plan, Count Me In: Disability Future Directions.
Mr. O’Brien said the vision of Disability Future Directions was to create welcoming communities, accessible to all citizens and which provided a fair go for everyone.
“The awards highlight the importance of providing opportunities for people with disability across community life.”
“They recognise the efforts of those working towards a more inclusive society for Western Australia.” the Minister said.
“This year a new Disability Future Directions Award has been established to recognise outstanding long-term initiatives that ensure the inclusion of all WA people with disability.”
“Each year the award will focus on key areas within the plan and this year it focuses on well planned and accessible communities, including universally-designed housing.” Mr. O’Brien said.
Nominations have opened and will close at 5 pm on Friday, October 1. The winners will be announced at a formal ceremony on December 3, International Day of People with Disability, as part of a Disability Awareness Week in 2010.