COFFS COAST STUDENTS CHALLENGE PERCEPTIONS ABOUT DISABILITY

By November 30, 2018 Uncategorized

In recognition of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on 3 December, local school students will demonstrate the importance of inclusion for people with disability, through a NSW Government ‘E-poster’ competition.

Students in years five to eight are invited to create an electronic poster that sends a message about bullying and disability to build positive attitudes towards people with disability.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the project will raise awareness, reduce bullying and enhance the rights of all students.

“Unfortunately, students with disability can often be bullied or excluded. This competition aims to turn this around by raising awareness through a fun and creative project,” Mr Fraser said.

Each of the participating schools will be asked to nominate one poster entry per eligible year, and ten students across NSW will be recognised and awarded for their participation in the initiative.

Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams said the project is about educating students about acceptance and building school environments where all students feel comfortable and included.

“School is such an important stage of a person’s development and it is critical that we promote positive attitudes towards disability from a young age,” Mr Williams said.

“The E-poster project will create vital conversations and will reinforce the importance of inclusion for all people in society during this year’s IDPwD.”

Students of the top ten winning entries and their Principal will be invited to receive their prize at Parliament House.