The Australian Government Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP today announced the selection of 27 finalists for the 2015 National Disability Awards.
“The National Disability Awards have been set up to recognise the valuable contribution organisations and people make to improving the lives of people with disability in Australia,” Mr Porter said.
“The number of finalists reflects the breadth of talent through the more than 200 nominations received.
“There have been some fantastic achievements and it has made the job of the independent judging panel difficult.”
The achievements of the some of the Award finalists include:
- Raising awareness of the discrimination experienced by people who are blind or have low vision when using Australian banknotes.
- The world-first patient-initiated project to create a mobile holiday dialysis machine so people receiving the treatment can have holidays.
- The invention of communication technology for people living with paralysis, loss of speech, or loss of motor control allowing them to communicate using signals inside a muscle, even when that muscle doesn’t work.
Now in their ninth year, the National Disability Awards are part of the Commonwealth Government’s celebration of International Day of People with Disability.
The 2015 National Disability Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday, 25 November at Parliament House in Canberra.
Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) extends our congratulations to all finalists in the 2015 National Disability Awards. In particular, congratulations to Cashelle Dunn, our tireless WWDA Youth Network manager!
2015 National Disability Award finalists
Sam Almaliki, Cricket Australia, VIC
Cashelle Dunn, VIC
Fishers with Disabilities Association Inc, WA
Peter Ford, NSW
Maurice Gleeson OAM, Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria, VIC
Keran Howe, VIC
Alexandra Kay, Scope Global Pty Ltd, SA
Kidney Health Australia Big Red Kidney Bus Holiday Dialysis Project, VIC
Greg Killeen, NSW
Jessica May, Enabled Employment, ACT
Connor McLeod, NSW
Alex Miller, Western Health, VIC
Mind Recovery College, VIC
MJD Foundation Ltd, NT
My Choice Matters (incorporating My Learning Matters), NSW
Parks Victoria, VIC
Julie Phillips, VIC
Jo Ragen, NSW
Rebus Theatre, ACT
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, NSW
Trudy Ryall, VIC
Kate Swaffer, SA
Karen Thompson, NSW
Chris Varney, VIC
Western Australian Motor Industry Foundation Inc, WA
Karen Williams, Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House, QLD
Wynyard Yacht Club Inc, TAS