Teenager recognised for final year efforts
A TEENAGER who initiated a project on wheelchair accessibility in Bright as part of his Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) has received an award for his work.
Two weeks ago Dylan Sgambelloni accepted a VCAL Student Achievement Award at a ceremony at Deakin Edge in Melbourne’s Federation Square.
Dylan, who suffers from duchenne muscular dystrophy and requires a wheelchair to get around, highlighted the need to address accessibility for a range of people, primarily residents and visitors like him, but also elderly people using mobility devices and parents with prams.
The 19 year-old’s project involved research, formal written communication and personally meeting with different people and organisations including Alpine Shire Council’s liaison representative.
He did a site visit around Bright with the council representative, highlighting key areas that were not user friendly and formally offered his services as an advocate for accessibility for future developments.
He also investigated Albury arrangements in relation to the Tourist Information Centre planned accessible facilities and made recommendations for Alpine Shire Council to adopt similar features.
While many of his classmates worked collaboratively on their projects, Dylan chose to work alone and in doing so developed excellent project management skills.
He regularly reported the project’s progress to the class, coordinated formal and informal meetings with staff and community members while also incorporating feedback into his work.
Bright P12 College principal Jean Olley said Dylan demonstrated considerable personal growth throughout his final year of school.
“We’re really proud of Dylan and what he has achieved,” she said.
“I see someone who is quite selfless and that’s very evident in the awards Dylan has received, it’s his community spirit and wanting to help others that stands out, nothing is about Dylan.”
Dylan said he was honoured to receive the award and said it was important for him to help people better understand the needs of people in wheelchairs.
He hopes to volunteer at Bright P12 College later this year after previously assisting prep students with reading and writing while at school.
MORE ACCESSIBLE: Dylan Sgambelloni was joined by (from left) his sister Jess Jordan, mum Tracy Pronk and Bright P12 College teachers and staff members Cindy Crosthwaite, Jan-Maree Duguid, Jean Olley and Chris Blazek when he recently accepted an award in Melbourne.