Who do you know who works or volunteers to improve the lives of people with a disability? Have they used any unique, innovative or creative ideas in their work? Do you know of a business, organisation or team that has done excellent work to improve the lives of people with disabilities?
If you do, then nominate them for the 2014 Victorian Disability Sector awards. Anyone in Victoria, with or without a disability, can make a nomination.
Examples of award winners from previous years include a volunteer who created a media space for people with disabilities and a disability support worker who helped individuals to review their exercise programs and achieve their fitness goals.
The judges want to recognise and honour those whose ideas and commitment supported people with disabilities to achieve their personal or work goals. People with a disability often have difficulties with mobility, accessibility, undertaking day-to-day tasks, and lack opportunities for work or social inclusion. Many individuals, businesses and organisations have made a difference with ideas to help reduce the impact of these obstacles.
You can make nominations for the following award categories:
- Excellence in Improving Participation
- Excellence in Advocacy and Rights Promotion
- Excellence in Personal and Community Support
- Excellence in Improving Learning and Development Outcomes
- Excellence in Improving Health
- Business and Community Supporting Disability
- Emerging Leader
- Lifetime Achievement
If you want to nominate a person or group, you need to have their permission and to provide the details of two referees who are able to speak about their work. Nominations close at 5pm on March 7, 2014.
Award recipients will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on June 4 at Federation Square. All finalists and those who nominated them will be invited to the ceremony.
The awards are a joint initiative of the National Disability Service and the Department of Human Services in the Victorian Government.