Today, Tuesday December 3rd, is International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD). The day is internationally recognised and sanctioned by the United Nations. According to the offical website for IDPWD in Australia the day:
…aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.
Rocky Bay customers continue to make incredible contributions and outstanding achievements, and while we celebrate you all, here are just some of the amazing stories from 2019.
Adam’s Rehab Journey
When 43-year-old Adam Hewber first came to Rocky Bay for therapy in 2009, he had been diagnosed with familial spastic paraparesis (FSP). Fast forward ten years and Adam has made significant progress thanks to Rocky Bay’s dedicated and professional team of specialists. Read more here.
Memories of Susie
In July, Rocky Bay staff were invited to a special luncheon to celebrate the life of long-time customer Susie. The luncheon was a beautiful memorial celebrating Susie’s life, organised by her family as a thank you to the dedicated staff who supported Susie during her time at Rocky Bay. Read more here.
Malcolm’s message in the spotlight
In 1984, at 22 years of age, Malcolm was involved in a drink driving accident in Carnarvon. He suffered multiple broken bones, a ruptured spleen, severe brain damage and he lost the ability to walk. Today, Malcolm is a regular speaker at Scotch College, presenting to Year 10 students about his personal experience. Read more here.
Sean takes to the skies
An avid aviation enthusiast, 27-year-old Sean, who lives with autism and an intellectual disability, has been a customer of Rocky Bay since 2015. Thanks to donations to Rocky Bay’s The Wishing Tree, Sean fulfilled a lifelong ambition by taking to the skies in a helicopter. Read more here.
Chloe’s high seas adventure
Nineteen year-old Chloe Hutchinson, who is supported by our Community Transition team, completed a once-in-a-lifetime adventure onboard the STS Leeuwin II, in early 2019. Chloe said the highlight of her voyage was climbing the 33 metre mast of the tall ship, and being able to steer the ship herself from Fremantle to Rottnest Island. Read more here.
To all of Rocky Bay’s customers, those who support you, and everyone living with disability, happy International Day of People with Disability!