Dis­abil­ity ad­vo­cate and pooch re­tir­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Near You -

AF­TER clock­ing up more than 1500 hours vol­un­teer­ing for City of Ned­lands’ Dis­abil­ity Ac­cess Work­ing Group (DAWG), co­founder Greg Mad­son and his faith­ful guide dog Ni­cholas have re­tired. Hav­ing lost his sight in the early 1990s, the long-time Ned­lands res­i­dent has de­vot- ed his time to ad­vo­cacy and sup­port for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing his role as eq­uity and di­ver­sity ad­vi­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of WA. Mr Mad­son will con­tinue his role as pres­i­dent of five lo­cal and na­tional dis­abil­ity sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions. He said his 15 years with DAWG had helped pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant aware­ness for the ac­cess needs of lo­cal peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. “Through the Dis­abil­ity Ac­cess In­clu­sion Plan, di­rect ad­vice from the work­ing group and ef­forts of com­mu­nity devel­op­ment of­fi­cers, ac­cess to the Ned­lands en­vi­ron­ment has cer­tainly im­proved for the bet­ter.”

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d406548

Greg Mad­son with his guide dog Ni­cholas.

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