Finalists Announced for National Disability Awards
Fri 19 October 2012
Twenty-seven outstanding individuals and organisations have been selected as finalists for the 2012 National Disability Awards, which recognise their valuable contribution to improving the lives of people with disability in Australia.
The finalists are made up of individuals, organisations and companies that support people with disability to create a more inclusive and diverse society. The finalists include:
- Audrey O’Connor, Denistone, NSW, in recognition of her use of arts to show society what people with disability can achieve, and how good life can be when you are given a fair go.
- Andrew Fulton, North Rocks, NSW, for his work in designing homes that truly meet the needs of his clients with disability and in working with associations to establish regulations for builders working with people with disability.
- Australian Communication Exchange, Stones Corner, Qld, for its development of innovative technology to help people with hearing impairment to attend museums using smart phones, including through captioned phone, video relay service, and phone apps.
- The Other Film Festival, South Melbourne, Vic, as the only festival in Australia dedicated to screening films that explore the experience of living with disability and in promoting access to cinemas for people with mobility and sensory impairments.
- Australian Dairy Buffalo Co. Millaa Millaa, Qld, in recognition of providing long-term sustainable jobs and for its supportive and flexible approach to working with people with disability and helping them overcome obstacles, including providing transport to and from work.
- The Captioning Studio, Adelaide, SA, in recognition of its development of innovative, accessible technologies such as its GoTheatrical! theatre captioning and its interactive 3D Speech live captioning application for use in education, the workplace and at events.
- McDonalds, Erina, NSW, in recognition of placing 50 people with disability into eight McDonalds restaurants on the Central Coast, for ensuring people with disability can get the training they need.
- Angelo Gavrielatos, Southbank, Vic, in recognition of his work in the promotion of students with disability in education reforms and working to ensure the rights of these students to have equal education opportunities.
The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas announced the finalists on 18 October. The National Disability Awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday 28 November 2012.
The Awards form part of the Australian Government’s celebration of International Day of People with Disability, which occurs annually on 3 December and which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary