Today we celebrated International Day of People With Disability with a motivational speech from Ann Hutchinson on her experience living with a disability and an inspirational performance by Stroke a Chord Choir.
Ann Hutchinson is from Speakers Bank, which is a group of individuals with lived experience of disability and carers of people with disabilities.
Ann shared her journey from having her stoke, her time in hospital and rehab, so when she decided to help others with disability.
“I want to use my voice and remaining intelligence to be an advocate for the disabled and to raise awareness of the diversity in that world”, said Ann. Ann now works in Brain Injury Matters and for Valid on a community Development Project.
Following Ann, members of Stroke a Chord Choir performed five songs, including some audience participation. Stroke a Chord Choir are all stroke survivors who have had a left side brain stroke who have aphasia (loss of speech).
International Day of People with Disability is a day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.
At the Disability Expo we were joined by Guide Dogs Australia and National Disability Insurance Scheme who shared information with our employees, patients and members of the community on how to access disability support services.
Join us in celebrating people with all abilities, and creating an environment of equity and inclusion at Monash Health.
For more information or resources on International Day of People with Disability, visit the IDPWD website.