Dispel the stigma around disability, focus on the individual and their abilities. Help gets the message to millions

Go along to the State Library of NSW, Sydney to see the Canon Shine Images exhibition on till 14th Sept ’14.

Canon are shining a light on stories that matter to Australians, helping to get their message out to millions of people. Emily’s message is included – dispel the stigma around disability.

What really matters to Emily is the stigma attached to disability and wheelchairs be traded for an appreciation of the individual, wheelchair users, ability to shine. There is a story, a family, ambitions, goals and a full worthwhile life to every person with a disability. Don’t focus on the disability or the chair, focus on the person. Celebrate the achievements and diverse characters of people with disabilities.

Emily, the subject of this photo by Sharron M, says, “I study at university; volunteer at Taronga Zoo; take buses, trains and aeroplanes. I embrace social inclusion; I seek relationships, friendships, opportunities and my independence. I enjoy life.

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Thank you to Sharron for initiating this opportunity. Raising awareness within our communities and rippling out to the wider world audiences helps people with disability educate us on their ability.

Trade Stigma for SHINE!

Emily’s photo is no.6 in 23 selected photographs that reveal what really matters to Australians. See here for the 23 selected photographs or visit the exhibition at the State Library of NSW, Sydney which is on until 14th Sept ’14.


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