In just over two weeks time we'll be hitting the road on The Ride WA Screening Tour, and we'd like to say a big 'thank you' to all of our supporters for helping to make this happen.
The purpose of the tour is to promote road safety and help the WA community to better understand the impact of living with a disability, in the spirit of the State Government's 'Count Me In: Disability Future Directions' initiative.
At the heart of the initiative lies the vision of a 'Western Australia where all people live in welcoming communities that actively promote citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.'
This is an incredibly important vision that we feel we can help to achieve through the story of The Ride, which shows that having a disability doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t live a fulfilling life (and have a few laughs along the way!)
Unfortunately there is still a stigma around disability, and more often than not, this results from an individual's misconceptions that are usually through no fault of their own. They may have had limited exposure to disabilities and so base their understanding on their own experiences, so we saw a further need to provide people with a better understanding to help change perceptions for the benefit of those living with a disability, their families and carers.
We decided one of the best ways to do this was to get out there and show people first hand just how much can be achieved by those living with a disability, and help them (in this case) to see the person, not the wheelchair.
With your support we are making this happen!
So whether you've provided much needed funding or offered to hold a screening in your community, we are extremely grateful for your assistance in helping us to reach out to the WA community.