Helping shine a light on living with a disability
Inspiration duo help smash down barriers with youth
INTERNATIONAL Day of People with Disability was celebrated all over the world last week and Euroa Secondary College students were fortunate enough to get a deeper insight into what it means to live with a disability.
Strathbogie Shire Council ADAC committee came together with Valley Sport to present Lincoln Budge and Sam Bramham from Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria.
Year 10 and 8 students listened to both Lincoln and Sam’s stories and were given the opportunity to ask questions in an open forum.
The pair shared very different stories of their lives growing up and the constant struggles and stigma’s that still surround disabled people.
Mr Budge, who is in wheelchair and has been for 11 years, said the aim of the day is to celebrate and show the kids there are people who live with a disability that are contributing members of society.
“It helps them be exposed to it and realise we are just normal people and we don’t have to be hidden or avoided or they don’t have to be scared of approaching us,” Mr Budge said.
“I like to be able to show the kids that anything is achievable regardless of your circumstances.”
Living with a prosthetic leg has made Mr Bramham’s story a different one, but he said he still feels like talking about disability is considered a “taboo topic.”
“We try and smash down those barriers through educating the kids and make them feel comfortable to ask whatever they want,” he said.
“Hopefully they take away that knowledge home and then feel comfortable to talk about with their family and friends.”
The kids were also able to gain a physical understanding of living with a disability, as they spent their afternoon learning the ropes in wheelchair basketball and AFL.
Mr Budge said the games really help to break down the barrier of inclusion and just knowing that everyone can get involved and enjoy it.
“Once they get in the chairs and see ten of their friends playing the game, they kind of forget about the disability side of it,” he said.
“I see a change almost instantly in the way they will approach me after that.
“The wheelchair aspect always has a big impact on the kids.”
GAINING PERSPECTIVE: Euroa Secondary students came together with representatives from Disability Sport and Recreation Victoria to discuss what it means to live with a disability. Pictured are (back, from left) Ladelle Nanson, Annabel Gall, Ben O’Conner; (front) Zali Greasley, Lincoln Budge and Molly Redfern.