Recognising the ability in us all

MORE than 500 people were at the disability action week State launch at the Whitsunday PCYC on Saturday to celebrate positive action toward disability in the community.

Disability council of Queensland chair Paul Larcombe said the best thing about the week was that people came together, with differences aside, to help celebrate as one.

“The biggest thing it means for me is coming here and people start to realise that people with disabilities are just like everyone else,” he said.

“We are far more than our diagnosis.”

Disability Action Week helps to encourage positive attitudes towards people with a disability and make the community a better place for everyone.

Mr Larcombe said that the Whitsundays was well on the way to achieving this.

“It's always exciting when you get out into the regions and see the quality turnouts – not just the numbers but the quality people,” he said.

“Regional communities are always more open and willing to embrace people with differences.”

Mackay/Whitsundays Regional Disability Council chair Dellene Beggs said it was great to see the community come together as one to set precedence for attitude towards people with disabilities.

“It makes me really proud that our community has embraced the launch here,” she said.

“It's all about the understanding of everyone.”

“It has been extremely successful and a wonderful way to promote all abilities.”

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