Dis­abil­ity worker lauded for her ef­forts

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A dis­abil­ity sup­port carer who di­vides her work­ing time be­tween Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne has been ac­knowl­edged for her long-term ser­vice to re­gional and re­mote Pil­bara com­mu­ni­ties at an in­dus­try awards cer­e­mony.

Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne res­i­dent and Life­style So­lu­tions live-in carer Julie Car­ton was named the win­ner of the ex­cel­lence in re­gional sup­port award at the 2017 Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Awards night in Perth last month.

Ms Car­ton has lived in the Pil­bara for about 15 years and helps peo­ple with chal­leng­ing be­hav­iours in the two lo­cal­i­ties.

She pre­vi­ously spent years work­ing in re­mote east Pil­bara com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing Mar­ble Bar, Nul­lagine, War­ra­long and Ji­ga­long. She said she started work­ing in the dis­abil­ity sup­port sec­tor af­ter help­ing a friend’s young son liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity de­velop cru­cial skills, find­ing she could make a big dif­fer­ence.

“I think it’s im­por­tant not to fo­cus on the dis­abil­ity, and fo­cus on what (peo­ple) can do,” she said.

NDS WA State man­ager Julie Waylen said the awards recog­nised the dif­fer­ence work­ers had on the lives of peo­ple with dis­abil­ity.

Pic­ture: The Scene Team

Julie Car­ton re­ceives the WA Dis­abil­ity Sup­port Award for ex­cel­lence in re­gional sup­port from RAC pres­i­dent Tony Evans.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.