Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has encouraged the Pearce community to reflect on the importance of inclusion, following the 2015 International Day of People with Disability.
The 2015 theme, inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people with all abilities, highlights the significant work done by families, organisations, community groups and people with disabilities themselves to break down barriers to inclusion and opportunity.
Mr Porter visited the Riding for the Disabled Hills Group in Sawyers Valley, a voluntary association providing opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs to develop their abilities and enrich their lives through safe, healthy, therapeutic horse riding and equestrian activities.
“When I visited the Riding for the Disabled Hills Group I witnessed the unique relationship that can develop between horse and rider,” Mr Porter said.
“Equally special were the wonderful efforts of trainers, parents, carers and volunteers of all ages that made this whole uplifting and practical experience come together.
“What the riders and volunteers at the Riding for the Disabled Hills Group have achieved reflects their dedication to their craft but it is also about the existence of a community that can provide opportunity, inclusion and support for people of all abilities.”
Mr Porter encouraged the Pearce community to reflect on the role we all play in promoting inclusion, access and empowerment for people of all abilities.
“The lesson to be learnt from community groups such as the Hills Group is that all Australians have a role to play in promoting the inclusion of people with a disability,” he said.
“Enabling requires a whole of community effort but the deep rewards of that effort are all around us when we care to look.
“It is very pleasing to know that in Pearce, we can look to fantastic groups such as the Hills Group as a shining example of the positive role the community can play in fostering inclusion, access and empowerment.”