A Bunbury teenager, an Albany Primary School and a Geraldton leisure company are among today’s six winners at the 2006 Accessible Communities Awards.
The awards are organised by the Disability Services Commission, the Office of Seniors’ Interests and Volunteering and People With Disabilities (WA) Inc, and recognise initiatives that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
In congratulating the winners, Disability Services Minister Tony McRae said they had made an enormous contribution to the lives of people with disabilities by providing better access to venues and services.
“Our ultimate goal is full inclusion in everyday life for these people, and as today’s awards demonstrate, access improvement is an area where the whole State can make a difference,” Mr McRae said.
“Much has been achieved to improve levels of access across the State, but barriers to full community participation are still a reality in everyday life.”
State Government award:
Winner - Mount Lockyer Primary School, Albany, for creating a welcoming learning environment to meet the needs of all students, including children with a range of disabilities.
Commendation - Edith Cowan University, for a program which helps student teachers to gain direct knowledge and understanding about educating children with diverse disabilities.
Local government award:
Winner - City of Cockburn, for its expanded Youth Outrage program, a school holiday program that allows young people with disabilities to participate in activities with their peers.
Commendation - Shire of Manjimup, for its work to make the Regional AquaCentre accessible for all members of the community through railings and ramps, water wheelchair access and seats in the hydro pool.
Winner - Perth Regional Roof Trusses for its commitment to people who are deaf through employment opportunities, and awareness training for all staff, including learning Auslan (Australian Sign Language).
Winner - Wanslea Family Services for its program Grandcare, which supports grandparents who care for their grandchildren.
Commendation - Town of Vincent, for its Transport Assistance program for people who do not have their own transport and cannot easily access public transport.
Winner - ATLAS (Access to Leisure and Sport), a Geraldton-based organisation which assists people with disabilities to participate in sporting and recreational activities.
Winner - Domenic Bianchi, a Year 10 Community College student from Bunbury, who has undertaken an audit of accessible parking and toilets at education, recreational and shopping precincts in the City of Bunbury.
Dr Louisa Alessandri Award for Excellence: ATLAS.
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