Waterlover Webber puts the ability into disability
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.