A Geraldton man has won a major award for his efforts to improve access for people with disabilities.
Mr Arnold Budd won the Disability Services Commission’s 2000 Disability Action by an Individual Award for his outstanding contribution in the Midwest/Gascoyne region towards raising community awareness and understanding of disability issues. The award is presented jointly with the advocacy group, People With Disabilities (Inc).
Mr Budd, who uses a wheelchair following a diving accident, was recognised for his work as a strong advocate for improved access, particularly to sporting venues and recreational facilities and for the many improvements such as footpaths, crossings, ramps, fishing platforms and crossings he has worked to secure.
Disability Services Minister Paul Omodei said disability touched the lives of more than half a million Western Australians - or one in three of the population - and access barriers effectively excluded people with disabilities and their families from services and facilities the rest of the community took for granted.
“Access improvement is an area where the whole community can make a difference towards full community participation for people with disabilities,” Mr Omodei said.
“Through his efforts and persistence, Mr Budd has been instrumental in significant improvements throughout the Geraldton/Greenough area and has done a great deal to educate the community on the needs of people with disabilities.
“ Much of his success is due to his practical ideas to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities and through his efforts, has proved that one person can make a substantial difference.”
Hugh Ryan 9213 6700