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Don't DIS my ABILITY 2012 ambassadors announced

23 October 2012

NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance today announced the 16 ambassadors for this year's Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign who reflect the widespread diversity and talent available to the community, employers and the arts.

"We have representatives of sport, administration, commerce, painting, music and academia among our ambassadors this year," Mr Constance said.

"They bring a wonderful infusion of enthusiasm and knowledge into the ninth year of the Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign."

"Every year it seems to get better and further underlines the campaign's importance in expanding public understanding of the skills and potential of people with disability."

This year's Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign themes are community, employment and recreation.

The Minister said that while community attitudes were changing and employment opportunities were expanding there were still significant barriers to people with disability. It is through campaigns like Don't DIS my ABILITY that these obstacles can be overcome.

The 2012 ambassadors include Mr Nick Gleeson who has been blind since he was seven. Nick has compiled a stunning resume of achievement, including competing in the Paralympic Games, completing three New York marathons, running up the stairs of the Empire State Building, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and climbing past base camp on Mt Everest.

Nick is now a professional motivational speaker.

Motorcyclist Scott Trevelyan came back from a near death experience after a crash and is now a recognised artist after completing a visual arts degree. Scott runs an art studio on the NSW far north coast.

"This year's ambassadors will be sharing their stories, meeting other people with disability and providing a genuine backdrop of understanding, knowledge and experience that will support the objectives of this campaign," Mr Constance said.

"As always our ambassadors represent what is possible for people with disability to achieve. All they often need is an opportunity."

The Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign runs until the United Nations' International Day of People with a Disability on December 3.

The Minister thanked the sponsors for this year's campaign, Qantas, The Disability Council of NSW, ABC local radio and ABC 702 saying their generosity and dedication were a major foundation of the campaign's ongoing success.

The ambassadors are on call to visit towns and regional centres celebrating Don't DIS my ABILITY by promoting positive images of people with disabilities and awakening employers to their potential.

The sixth issue of the Made You Look magazine will also be published and distributed to coincide with the launch of the Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign in November. The magazine features stories and interviews with people with disability in the workplace, in the community and participating in recreational activities. Information about feature events and celebrations, including the Access All Areas film festival, Get DIS party started dance party and the Delineate art program are also detailed.

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Read about the Don't DIS my ABILITY Ambassadors.

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