Card de­sign shines light on dis­abil­i­ties

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

EPIC pro­grams man­ager Emma Gran­tham.

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