Des Graham, Chris Grimes, Cr Dave Batt, Bob Dieckmann, Carmel Mason and Karin Williams in Hinkler Central for the Disability Action Week Challenge.
Des Graham, Chris Grimes, Cr Dave Batt, Bob Dieckmann, Carmel Mason and Karin Williams in Hinkler Central for the Disability Action Week Challenge. Mike Knott

Taking on a disability challenge

A GROUP of seven Bundaberg residents decided to walk and wheel a mile in the shoes of people with a disability yesterday as a part of Disability Action Week.

Carinbundi worker Rebecca Maclean, chairwoman of the Disability Sector Network, which organised the day, said the participants were given a disability for the shopping challenge and were paired with a mentor who lived with that disability.

The teams then had to complete a range of tasks such as purchasing food and items in store, entering fitting rooms, speaking to shop attendants and approaching counters.

One of the biggest challenges faced by participants was just to negotiate busy school-holiday crowds at Hinkler Central

Ms Maclean said the participants were given a physical disability, hearing or vision impairment or simulated arthritis.

"We do it to raise various issues and highlight some of the issues that people with disabilities face," she said.



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