MEDIA RELEASE: My perfect South Australia for people with disabilities
3 December 2010
Today on International Day of People with Disability, Kelly Vincent MLC is thrilled to launch Dignity for Disability’s “My Perfect South Australia for People with Disabilities” Word and Visual Art competition.
The competition offers $2,000 in prizes and encourages people living with disabilities, their families, carers and supporters to express their ideas as to a perfect South Australia for people with disabilities.
‘This competition idea essentially comes from my own love of words and art, and my belief that they are powerful tools in shaping the world around us,’ said Ms Vincent.
‘We’ve all heard of “Unmet Needs” where people are waiting for essential services like mobility aids, accommodation and respite, but what exactly does that mean for people and their lives and what is the perfect solution?
‘Today is a day of celebration and this competition is about celebrating people with disabilities as part of our world. However, it is also about their struggles and frustrations and gives people a chance to express their perfect South Australia for people with disabilities in a way that we may not have heard or seen before.
‘It’s about breaking the mould, and giving people with disabilities a different kind of voice – one that the Government cannot ignore.’
Entrants may use word or visual arts to express their ideas and entries close on 20 February 2011. Winners will be announced on 20 March 2011, one year to the day of the historic election that saw Kelly Vincent elected as South Australia’s youngest and first ever Member of Parliament to use a wheelchair.
Further information and a competition entry form can be found at d4d.org.au
Dignity for Disability Inc is the political party for those who believe in 'a fair go' for everyone. We are a human rights based organisation that aims at ensuring representation in Parliament for people with disabilities, in particular. We have a unique opportunity, which we must grasp together. With strong leadership, and by bringing the often fractured disability community together, we can bring about real change. Our goal is to ensure Dignity Through Choice. More information can be found on the web at www.d4d.org.au