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MEDIA RELEASE - Looking at the Big Picture of Inclusion

25 November 2019

Local stories of accessibility and inclusion will be spread throughout the Glenelg Shire this month following the launch of a new creative campaign.

The Big Picture 2nd Edition project has been unveiled this week as part of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) celebrations, featuring images and messages displayed on empty shopfronts throughout the Portland and Heywood CBD.

The pictures profile five community members living with a disability, with a brief personal description from each participant reflecting on their experiences, their future aspirations and what inclusion means to them.

The pictures seek to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people living with a disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

Project participant Harley Doedee hopes that by sharing his story he can help break down social stigmas and highlight the possibilities of a full and active life.

“When I was 17 I was in a serious accident and I lost the lower half of my legs, changing my life forever. However I have not let this stop me from pursuing my dreams for living an active and rewarding life,” he said.

“Whether it be adventure sports such as quad bike riding, or organised sports such as wheelchair basketball, nothing has held me back and I’ve found new ways to continue with the sports I love.

“I will always face challenges on a daily basis; however it is the understanding and acceptance from the community that makes these challenges easier to overcome.”

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the stories shared for the project were in keeping with this year’s national theme for IDPwD.

“Earlier this year we released our first ever The Big Project, which shared stories from local Indigenous youth in celebration of National Reconciliation Week. Following the success of this campaign we have launched the Big Picture Project 2nd Edition, this time focusing of the 2019 theme The Future is Accessible,” she said.

“Five community members have bravely shared their hopes and aspirations for what an accessible future looks like to them, igniting important conversations within our community.

“I urge all community members to take the time over the next few months to stop and view these images and learn more about how they can contribute to a future that is accessible in the Glenelg Shire.”

The Big Pictures can be viewed at the following locations from 25 November 2019:
• 47 Julia Street Portland
• 86 Percy Street Portland
• 63 Percy Street Portland
• 57A Bentinck Street Portland
• 37 Edgar Street Heywood

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