The 3rd December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) and an important day to spread awareness about a topic that drives everything we do.
The 2019 theme is participation and inclusion. This is a major goal we support people to achieve in many ways, like with volunteering or employment. Every day we strive to create opportunities for people with disability so that no one is ‘left behind’.
We’ve had the privilege of supporting hundreds of people with disability in their goals to get involved in the workplace or community. Many lead to further opportunities and pathways for growth.
While we can’t share them all, here are three people who achieved important personal milestones for themselves!
Shining in the spotlight
“My favourite part of Performing Arts is singing with everybody.”
Singing, dancing, and performing in this year’s annual show The Wow Factor helped Amanda reach a new level of confidence. In just two years she’s become a key member of the group, built good friendships, and received a Nexus Art grant to further develop her skills.
Through the grant Amanda received one-on-one tutoring with Program Facilitator Sonni to expand her vocal techniques towards performing a solo on stage.
Getting real experience
Andrew made solid steps towards securing paid employment with an ongoing work placement at Bunnings in April!
By organising stock and maintaining the shop area he built key skills in time management, organisation, and teamwork. The experience also helps him gain exposure to different work settings and customers.
Andrew also got involved in the local community by volunteering at the Spare Parts Puppets Theatre. He kindly shared his knowledge and love of puppets with event guests.
An advocate for change
“I believe that writing stories about people with disability and the issues they face will encourage others to think of them as equal and the same as everyone else.”
Layne is making waves as a talented althetics parathlete and disability advocate. Through her online presence she shares her experience and invites others to engage in discussion on the topic.
She’s got a great eye for editing and we enjoyed having her join us during her work placement this year. It’s great to see her sharing her experience and challenging stereotypes. All the best for your future career!