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Date posted: 4 December 2013
Jake Briggs, a quadriplegic and chairman of the Aboriginal Disability Network of New South Wales, has never let his disability stop him from achieving his goals. After becoming a quadriplegic from a diving accident, he has never let it hold him back from living his life. He has gone on to become an ambassador for the Don't dis my ability campaign and encourages others to follow in his footsteps.
'There’s a lot of avenues and advocacies out there that are available for people with disabilities if they want to get back into the worforce and make that first step forward, just to be able to train or relearn and to be able to get into the workforce and be able to earn and feel that self-worth," said Mr Briggs.
Angela Webb from AbSec says the release of a new series of videos from Fostering NSW provides a unique insight into the role of carers of individuals with disabilities. 'We’re striving to get more carers, there’s a huge need, we want to keep our kids connected to their families, to their identity and grow up strong in their identity so it’s important that we do have Aboriginal carers caring for our kids,' said Ms Webb.
As part of today’s anniversary, three 21-year-olds from across Australia have filmed themselves telling their personal stories of the barriers they have overcome and the achievements they have made over the last 21 years. One family videoed for the launch, Linda and Bruce, are Indigenous kinship carers for their four grandchildren, the youngest one having severe disabilities.
Ms Webb says Aboriginal agencies recruiting families like Linda and Bruce will provide training and support for what she ensures is a rewarding task. 'To be a carer is a really valuable life long career,' said Ms Webb.
Source: NITV News
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