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Personal stories

We all have our own unique story to tell. In this section people with disability and their families and carers share their experiences of life in their communities.

Lighthouse Project personal stories

Through the Lighthouse Project, local government employees with disability and their employers shared their experiences in a series of films and stories. 

This is my story  Disability Awareness Week 2016

People with disability who work in the WA public sector shared their stories for Disability Awareness Week 2016.

  • Diversity supports better workplaces
    A diverse workforce, that includes people with disability, makes for a better working environment, according to Business Development Support Officer Tim Hocking.
  • Disability no barrier to long career
    Competitive tennis, long-distance running, yoga and Pilates are tools to good health for Kalamunda father of four and grandfather of ten, Dr John Byrne.
  • Legally Blonde with a difference
    When Maria graduated from law school she wanted to 'pay it forward' and make a positive difference in society. 
  • Mateship the key to work success
    The camaraderie of being part of a team makes work a great place to be for the Commission’s Chris Campbell.
  • Nav fast tracks career experience
    Nav Jayakumar has undertaken a number of roles at the Disability Services Commission since he began his public sector career seven years ago as school trainee.
  • Respect and opportunities in the workplace
    Saying yes to opportunities when they present themselves has seen Andrew Cooper gain a range of knowledge and experience at the Department of Transport.
  • Policy research is a girl's best friend
    Research and contributing to policy development is the next step in Erin McGlew's career at the Public Sector Commission.
  • Work is part of Chloe's bigger plan
    Chloe Tangaroa had a plan to find a job and get fit – and now she’s doing both. Her job as an Administrative Officer has provided her with new friends and greater financial independence.  

This is my story – Disability Awareness Week 2015

To celebrate Disability Awareness Week 2015, we produced a series of short films that feature people with disability sharing their experiences.

  • NZ Paralympian enjoys a new life in WA
    New Zealander Jayne Parsons has been going from strength to strength since moving to Dudley Park, a Mandurah suburb, in 2014.
  • Study the best medicine
    Learning is high on the agenda for Claremont teenager Harry Nicholas, who aspires to one day go to university.
  • Diversity supports better workplaces
    A diverse workforce, that includes people with disability, makes for a better working environment, according to Business Development Support Officer Tim Hocking.
  • Show respect every day, says Ellen
    If Ellen Buswell could tell the world how to treat people with disability she would say to look straight into people’s faces and not talk over anyone.
  • A passion for art sparks a quirky business
    Daniel Pavlovic was passionate about art at school but didn’t dream that one day his designs would become the quirky artwork for T-shirts now sought after at markets and retail outlets throughout Western Australia and by overseas buyers. 
  • Life’s cycle is busy for Aaron
    Cycling, a supermarket job and voluntary work combine to make life busy, fulfilling and active for Mandurah man Aaron Hillbrick.
  • Art and music inspire Audrey’s zest for life
    Audrey Warbie has a smile that would light up a room. While the 53-year-old has an intellectual disability and uses few spoken words, her body language and facial expressions clearly show her joy for life and people.
  • Wayne-Carey a delight for his family of eight
    Wayne-Carey brings joy, love and laughter to the Farmer family every day, says his mother Kathleen.
  • Australia a sanctuary for Cambodian refugee
    From a refugee camp, on the Thai-Cambodia border, to a riverside suburb in Perth, Chinda Proeung’s life journey has evolved from complex and challenging to fulfilling and rewarding.
  • Disability no barrier to long career
    Competitive tennis, long-distance running, yoga and Pilates are tools to good health for Kalamunda father of four and grandfather of nine, Dr John Byrne, 67.

WA NDIS personal stories

  • Baylee Pes
  • WA NDIS planning has assisted Marnie and James Pes and their sons Baylee (12) and Jye (7) to develop a lifestyle that suits everyone in the family. 
  • Ben White
    Video featuring Ben White from Margaret River, who is receiving supports and services in the State Government's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) trial in the Lower South West.
  • Big Plan forges path to achieving goals
    An individually-tailored WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan, strong family support and self-determination have assisted Jordan, 18, of Atwell, to transform from a shy, retiring person to a self-assured young man who enjoys community life and is achieving his goals.  
  • Leadership role just the beginning, thanks to WA NDIS plan
    The WA NDIS planning process has played an important role in the past 12 months for 14-year-old schoolboy Connor, resulting in him becoming more outgoing, confident and embracing a leadership role.
  • Lincoln Smith
    A video featuring Lincoln, a young boy benefiting from individualised WA NDIS planning, who has the support he needs to enjoy a safe, happy life with his two brothers and grandmother.
  • Luther Frost-Barnes
    This video features 21-year-old Luther, who benefits from individualised planning and has the support he needs to live independently and work towards achieving goals such as mastering public speaking and becoming a personal trainer.
  • Mr and Mrs Junor
    This video features married couple Mark and Melissa, who benefit from individualised planning and have the support they need to manage their own household and enjoy life in their community.
  • Planning leads to positive outlook on life
    Busselton woman Ella Criddle, 24, says that taking part in the WA NDIS planning process was probably the best decision she’s ever made.
  • Teneal Smith
    This video features Teneal, a young woman benefiting from individualised planning, who has the support she needs to work, start living independently, and play an active role in her community.
  • A toast to public speaking goals
    Colin Hughes’ public speaking dream is continuing to grow, after joining the WA National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS). 
  • Wendy Smith
    “I have got my life back”, is how Wendy Smith describes her WA NDIS experience. Wendy, who has  Multiple Sclerosis, lives in Kwinana with her husband Andrew and dog Jasper.
  • Work is part of Chloe’s bigger plan
    Chloe Tangaroa had a plan to find a job and get fit – and now she’s doing both. Her job as an Administrative Officer has provided her with new friends and greater financial independence.  

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