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Personal stories

We all have our own unique story to tell. In this section people with disability and their families and carers share their experiences of life in their communities.

Lighthouse Project personal stories

Through the Lighthouse Project, local government employees with disability and their employers shared their experiences in a series of films and stories. 

 This is my story  Disability Awareness Week 2016

People with disability who work in the WA public sector shared their stories for Disability Awareness Week 2016.

  • Disability no barrier to long career
  • Competitive tennis, long-distance running, yoga and Pilates are tools to good health for Kalamunda father of four and grandfather of ten, Dr John Byrne.
  • Legally Blonde with a difference
    When Maria graduated from law school she wanted to 'pay it forward' and make a positive difference in society. 
  • Mateship the key to work success
    The camaraderie of being part of a team makes work a great place to be for the Commission’s Chris Campbell.
  • Nav fast tracks career experience
    Nav Jayakumar has undertaken a number of roles at the Disability Services Commission since he began his public sector career seven years ago as school trainee.
  • Respect and opportunities in the workplace
    Saying yes to opportunities when they present themselves has seen Andrew Cooper gain a range of knowledge and experience at the Department of Transport.
  • Policy research is a girl's best friend
    Research and contributing to policy development is the next step in Erin McGlew's career at the Public Sector Commission.
  • Work is part of Chloe's bigger plan
    Chloe Tangaroa had a plan to find a job and get fit – and now she’s doing both. Her job as an Administrative Officer has provided her with new friends and greater financial independence.  

This is my story – Disability Awareness Week 2015

To celebrate Disability Awareness Week 2015, we produced a series of short films that feature people with disability sharing their experiences.

  • NZ Paralympian enjoys a new life in WA
    New Zealander Jayne Parsons has been going from strength to strength since moving to Dudley Park, a Mandurah suburb, in 2014.
  • Study the best medicine
    Learning is high on the agenda for Claremont teenager Harry Nicholas, who aspires to one day go to university.
  • Diversity supports better workplaces
    A diverse workforce, that includes people with disability, makes for a better working environment, according to Business Development Support Officer Tim Hocking.
  • Show respect every day, says Ellen
    If Ellen Buswell could tell the world how to treat people with disability she would say to look straight into people’s faces and not talk over anyone.
  • A passion for art sparks a quirky business
    Daniel Pavlovic was passionate about art at school but didn’t dream that one day his designs would become the quirky artwork for T-shirts now sought after at markets and retail outlets throughout Western Australia and by overseas buyers. 
  • Life’s cycle is busy for Aaron
    Cycling, a supermarket job and voluntary work combine to make life busy, fulfilling and active for Mandurah man Aaron Hillbrick.
  • Art and music inspire Audrey’s zest for life
    Audrey Warbie has a smile that would light up a room. While the 53-year-old has an intellectual disability and uses few spoken words, her body language and facial expressions clearly show her joy for life and people.
  • Wayne-Carey a delight for his family of eight
    Wayne-Carey brings joy, love and laughter to the Farmer family every day, says his mother Kathleen.
  • Australia a sanctuary for Cambodian refugee
    From a refugee camp, on the Thai-Cambodia border, to a riverside suburb in Perth, Chinda Proeung’s life journey has evolved from complex and challenging to fulfilling and rewarding.
  • Disability no barrier to long career
    Competitive tennis, long-distance running, yoga and Pilates are tools to good health for Kalamunda father of four and grandfather of nine, Dr John Byrne, 67.


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