Waterlover Web­ber puts the abil­ity into dis­abil­ity

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Alison Bald­ing

ST MARYS’ Sean Web­ber hopes to cre­ate more aware­ness and op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity across the state in his role with the Dis­abil­ity Coun­cil of NSW.

The 30-year-old, with cere­bral palsy, has taught peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties to swim for more than 14 years at the Ne­pean Aquatic Cen­tre with mum, Judy Web­ber.

Mr Web­ber’s ap­point­ment was an­nounced on In­ter­na­tional Day of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­ity.

He said he hoped to help shape the agenda ahead of the in­tro­duc­tion of the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme and was pas­sion­ate about open­ing the door for more young peo­ple into mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment.

“I think there is a lack of ed­u­ca­tion making some em­ploy­ers afraid or un­sure of hir­ing a per­son with a dis­abil­ity,” Mr Web­ber said.

“It is a case of not know­ing what they can do and what their po­ten­tial might be.

“It doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean putting them in data en­try or mail sort­ing. I know a guy who is legally blind and helps with pol­icy writ­ing and has a black belt.”

NSW Dis­abil­ity Ser­vices Min­is­ter John Ajaka said: “The ad­vice and rep­re­sen­ta­tions made by the coun­cil have been in­valu­able to fur­ther the in­clu­sion of peo­ple with dis­abil­ity in our com­mu­nity.”

Mr Ajaka said the In­ter­na­tional Day of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­ity drew at­ten­tion to what so­ci­ety could do to make NSW a bet­ter place for peo­ple with dis­abil­ity.

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