The Coalition’s Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Senator Mitch Fifield today encouraged nominations for the 2011 National Disability Awards.
“These Awards are a chance to acknowledge the contribution of those who work to improve the lives and opportunities of people with disabilities,” Senator Fifield said.
“Many of these people work without recognition.
“The National Disability Awards provide a way to thank them for their contribution to our community.”
The 2011 Award categories are:
· Minister’s Lifelong Achievement Award recognises people who have advanced the rights of people with disability over a prolonged period of time.
· Young Disability Challenge Award recognises young people aged 12-25 years who have advanced the rights of people with disability.
· Business Award recognises organisations that have improved access to employment, or created increased employment opportunities for people with disability.
· Local Government Award recognises work in a community that provides opportunities for full inclusion of people with disability.
· Social Inclusion Award recognises schools, universities, employment and training providers and advocacy services who have enabled equal participation of people with disability in a range of areas in life.
· Inclusive and Accessible Communities Award recognises work by developers, builders and others in the building sector to create accessible buildings or facilities for people with disability.
· Health and Wellbeing Award recognises health and wellbeing services that are creating equal access for people with disability.
Nominations are now open and close 5:00pm AEST Thursday 30 June 2011. Further information and nomination forms are available at www.idpwd.com.au.