Inclusion leading the way during Disability Action Week 2018
Last week Deaf Services held events in various parts of the country to celebrate under the theme of Disability Action Week 2018. The events provided an opportunity to gather, share stories and raise more awareness for inclusion.
In Cairns, more than 40 people attended the Golf Day organised by Deaf Services to raise funds for Access Golf Clinics at Cairns Golf Club. The 9-hole golf competition attracted 16 contestants including two people with paraplegia and one Deaf community member.
People with various disabilities joined in and Deaf Services also welcomed Ian Chill from Cairns Regional Council to try the new para golf chair. While there were experienced golfers on the course, some people also enjoyed advice provided by Golf Pro Graham Bolton on the driving range.
An awards presentation was held in the club house after the competition including a speech by Andrew Jamieson from the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. The group raised about $1,500 on the day, which will be used to run inclusive golf clinics. Thank you to everyone who participated in the fundraiser!
In Brisbane, Deaf Services and the Deaf Culture Council Queensland invited the community to celebrate Auslan with a picnic in the park. The Auslan Rally 2018 offered a space to meet other people who use Auslan to discuss improving access and inclusion to language and empowering people to full, independent and enriching lives.
Giant games, food trucks and other activities created a fun environment for all attendees and sparked active engagement and conversations on the day. The event was funded by the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors under the Disability Community Events Grant.
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