Teenager recog­nised for fi­nal year ef­forts

Myrtleford Times - - La Fiera - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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.

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