IDPwD 2020’s theme embraced by the Identitywa community.
This year’s theme for IDPwD 2020 – “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”, is being embraced by the Identitywa community.
For Sean, who lives in one of Identitywa’s Shared Independent Living Houses (SIL), the ‘sustainable’ focus of this year’s theme is definitely something that he is contributing to.
Over the past few months, with the assistance of his Support Worker, Kai, he has been collecting cans and bottles as part of the State Government’s new Containers for Change Program.
Kai got him started by ‘spreading the word’ about what he was doing, and it wasn’t long before people were donating their cans and bottles to him, including housemates and staff from other Identitywa houses.
“It really has seen positive results for Sean,” said Kai. “He was so proud when we did our first drop off at the local deposit centre in late October.
“One of the areas I am currently working on with Sean is his understanding of the value of money, and how to manage his money in the most economical way.
“For example, we are currently working on a savings plan for the money he earns from his collecting.
“Some of his savings have already been spent on a photo frame for photos of trucks which he absolutely loves!” said Kai.
Sean isn’t the only one committed to the new recycling initiative. We recently wrote about Bailey, a young man also living in a SIL house, who is working part-time at his local recycling depot located in Midvale. (Read his story here.)
Identitywa’s CEO, Marina Re, said she was delighted to hear about people’s interest and commitment to doing their bit for the environment, at the same time as feeling positive personally about the difference their contribution is making.
“This special day, which is mandated by the United Nations and celebrated across the world, provides us with the unique chance to come together to acknowledge the valuable contributions and achievements of people with disability, “said Marina.
“In a year that has been challenged by a global pandemic, we are delighted to be able to join people all over the world to mark the day which focuses on increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability…and the importance of a sustainable future for all.”
Media contact: Michelle Ebbs
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Identitywa, one of WA’s largest agencies supporting people with disability and their families. Registered NDIS provider.
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