Don’t Dis my Ability

Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliott, has encouraged the local community to celebrate the diversity and achievements of people with a disability as part of the NSW Government’s Don’t DIS My ABILITY campaign.

 More than 100 suburban and regional events are being held across NSW, coinciding with International Day of People with a Disability on 3 December.

 “I encourage people to get involved in the events being held across the State and learn more about the contributions and achievements of people with a disability,” Mr Elliott said.

 The theme for this year’s campaign is technology and independence.

 “Social networking is increasingly helping people with a disability to connect and overcome isolation and be independent,” Mr Elliott said.

 “It is also enabling them to access the right services to meet their specific needs, remain informed and have a say in the way disability services are delivered.”

 People in Baulkham Hills can join in the celebrations by attending the Emerge Young Leaders Conference. The conference is open to all young adults with a disability, aged 16 – 30, who would like to harness their natural leadership talent. Confirmed guest speakers include MasterChef contestant John Hughes; Navy clearance diver and shark attack survivor Paul De Gelder; and Debbie Kilroy OAM.

 The conference will be held on Saturday, 3 December, starting at 10.am at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Norwest Business Park, 1 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills

 “This campaign is about changing the misconceptions in the community surrounding disability, and building an environment that encourages active participation,” Mr Elliott said.

 “I again encourage people to get involved and recognise the outstanding contributions people with a disability make to our community.”

 For further information about the Don’t DIS my ABILITY Ambassadors, events and activities, visit www.dontdismyability.com.au or join in the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.