Honouring those who improve lives of people with disabilities

EVERYDAY Queenslanders and organisations across the state who work to improve the lives of people living with a disability are set to be honoured at a conference next year.

The Queensland Disability Awards provides an opportunity to recognise as well as celebrate the commitment and passion of people who work hard to support some of Queensland's most vulnerable members of our community.
 
Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis today opened nominations as part of Disability Action Week and encouraged nominations of individuals or organisations.

"The Newman Government is committed to improving the quality of life of people living with disability, their families and carers," Ms Davis said.

"That's why we would like people in the community who have shown passion, excellence and vision to help achieve this shared goal, to be recognised for their outstanding contribution to helping improve the sector.

"The awards offer the opportunity to shine a light on the many achievements and hard work of those who give their time to help make another person's life a little easier.

"Nominations are open to those who, for example, have boosted the participation of people with a disability through training and employment, driven technological change or taken an innovative approach to enable greater choice, control and flexibility."

Ms Davis said people could nominate their disability champions online in any of the six award catagories:

  • Inspiring individual
  • Community initiative
  • Education and the arts
  • Employment and training
  • Community awareness
  • Technology and innovation.

Nominations close on November 27 and the awards will be presented at the Queensland Disability Conference.

The Queensland Disability Conference will be held from March 24-25,  2014, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For updates about the conference and awards, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au/disability or follow the twitter feeds at @DisabilityQLD or #DisabilityQLD to join the conversation.



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