Card design shines light on disabilities
■ Disability Awareness Week has not gone unnoticed in Karratha, with a not-for-profit disability support group holding a highly creative competition to get locals involved.
Empowering People in Communities Inc, or EPIC, staff challenged Karratha City shoppers to design Christmas cards with a simulated handicap last Thursday afternoon.
EPIC programs manager Emma Grantham said she hoped the competition would raise awareness through firsthand experience.
“The idea is that we give people the opportunity to draw on a Christmas card, but we’ve decided to put a sock on people’s dominant hand so they have to do it with their non-dominant hand,” she said.
Ms Grantham said participants wanting to go the extra mile could even try drawing with their mouth or foot.
“It’s just being able to introduce a barrier, so that they experience, for a very short-lived period of time, what it’s like to live with a disability,” she said.
“There are some stigmas that are attached to disability services and to people with disabilities, and our overall dream would be that doesn’t happen.”
The winning competition design will be used on EPIC’s 2016 promotional material.
The event was one of several on EPIC’s calendar in support of Disability Awareness Week, with the group also holding an Inclusive Christmas Party last Saturday.
EPIC programs manager Emma Grantham.