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Day of Disability to highlight big messages

International Day of People with Disability is a global movement that focuses on increased public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

Advocacy WA is hosting a lunch today to mark the event, with guest speakers including Bunbury MLA Don Punch and new State director of the Quality and Safeguards Commission Samantha Jenkinson.

Forrest Personnel is a local charity that specialises in supporting people with health conditions, injuries and disabilities to find and keep jobs.

International Day of People with Disability is a significant day for the team at Forrest Personnel to celebrate the achievements and contributions of all who they help to sustain employment.

Jake Waldin and Thomas Morton were each hired by Civitest as laboratory technicians through the help of Forrest Personnel.

Mr Waldin and Mr Morton said International Day of Disability gave people awareness of the experiences of sustaining meaningful employment for a person with lived experience of disability.

We get the opportunity to grow and develop our skills. It’s important and it is important that people are educated to know how to deal with people with disability

“Just learning to be fair is the important message, it’s important for the wider community to understand we are all capable.

“At Civitest we are a part of something that is inclusive and mentored a lot and it is something we want to be at every day.”

The theme for this year is “not all disabilities are visible”.

Mr Morton said you never know what people are going through so being kind and supportive to all was important.

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