09 Sep Hear us roar this Disability Action Week
With one in five Queenslanders having a disability, and disability touching the lives of most of us in some way, Disability Action Week is essential to creating an all-abilities community.
For Lionheart’s Brett and Ellie XXXX it was the birth of their daughter Florence, that flung them deep into the world of disability and support.
Florence has a complex undiagnosed genetic condition otherwise known as SWAN (syndrome without a name), and after spending months trying to get support for her, they came to the realisation that what she needed may not be out there.
“We realized that if we wanted that to change we would have to do something about it,” Brett said.
And do something they did.
The parents set up a micro-company to employ and train support staff for their daughter, and named it Lionheart because fierce advocacy is at the heart of everything they do.
Over a few years the business has grown to a team of 17, which includes support workers and a registered nurse, assisting over a dozen local clients.
Their services focus on training for workers in the Disability Sector, providing in-home support for children and young people in Central Queensland, and inclusion, something which Ellie, an Inclusion Specialist is passionate about.
“We work with both schools and businesses to teach awareness around how they can become more welcoming of people with disabilities,” she said.
“Up until now people with disabilities have lived on the fringes of our community, it was not something that was normalised.
“Helping our community become more inclusive by embracing diversity in terms of ability, is beneficial to everyone, not just those living with disability.”
Head on down to Gladstone Disability Sector Network’s SpringABILITY event on September 9 to meet the Lionheart Team and learn more about what they do.
SpringABILITY, which is an all-inclusive event celebrating Disability Action Week, will run from 1 – 5pm at Lions Park (Sensory Park).
WHAT: An all-inclusive event celebrating Disability Action Week
WHEN: September 9 from 1pm – 5pm
WHERE: Lions Park (Sensory Park)
MORE: Fun activities, entertainment, food and drinks, information stalls and more.