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Disability Awareness Week 2014 – 1 to 7 December

The City of South Perth proudly supports Disability Awareness Week 2014.  This year it is being held from Monday 1 to Sunday 7 December in Western Australia to coincide with International Day of Disability – Wednesday 3 December.

The purpose of the week is to recognise individuals and groups in the community who have made a contribution to the ‘Count Me In’ vision: ‘All people live in welcoming communities that facilitiate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.’

This year, the City of South Perth is hosting two Soapbox Speaker Events during Disability Awareness Week on Wednesday 3 December.

Guest speakers feature:

  • Mari – who has learnt to live with Crohn’s disease over 22 years and will share her experience and day to day impacts to create a better insight into this lifelong condition;
  • Ben –  has a lifetime of experience  living with a significant disability. The nature of his condition is not immediately apparent to people who interact with him. Ben will share stories of barriers and triumphs; and
  • Bec – an articulate 20-year old who believes that being on the autism spectrum makes her well placed to understand the needs of people with disability and would like to share  the issues faced by people with a disability.

Mayor Sue Doherty said, “The City of South Perth is committed to an inclusive community, and the hosting of the Soapbox Speaker Event is a way of raising awareness for disability, access and inclusion in our community.

“Disability Awareness Week is an important time to highlight the hundreds of disabilities, conditions and diagnosis that are not visibly obvious, yet can still affect everyday life.

“The week serves as a reminder of what still needs to be done to ensure Australians with disability have access to opportunities to fully participate in social and economic life.”

Further details regarding the Soapbox Speaker events can be found at http://www.southperth.wa.gov.au/Services/Count-Me-In.

Count Me In Project

The ‘Count Me In’ project is a community-building project, promoting inclusive communities and facilitating participation in community life for people with disability within the City of South Perth.

The project aims to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community life, and to support local clubs and organisations in providing welcoming environments.

An information resource and activity database has been produced as a living document that will be continually updated as community groups and organisations provide information and updates about their accessible activities.

The resource is intended as a guide to assist people with a disability and their friends, family and carers to locate a variety of recreational and inclusive activities that are available within the City.

City of South Perth Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland said, “The City works towards actively creating a place where all people feel welcome and where the diverse needs and aspirations of all people are respected equally.

“The Count Me In project provides opportunities for people with disabilities to explore new recreational, sporting and social interests within the City of South Perth.”

The resource is available online at http://www.southperth.wa.gov.au/Services/Count-Me-In, with hard-copy versions being distributed to local disability service providers throughout the City over the next couple of months.

If you are running a recreation or hobby based program that is accessible and welcoming of all people and would like to add your details to this list, email the City of South Perth Community Development Officer at enquiries@southperth.wa.gov.au or phone 9474 0777.