Australian actor named Patron for International Day of People with Disability
Aboriginal television and film actor, Aaron Pedersen, has been named Patron for International Day of People with Disability and the National Disability Awards for 2012. Mr Pederson is well suited to take on the role as 2012 patron, having taken care of his younger brother, who has cerebral palsy and a mild intellectual disability.
He is a passionate advocate for people with disability, showcasing his experiences in the documentary My Brother Vinnie, which follows Aaron’s journey as a carer and the extraordinary relationship he has with his brother.
“Aaron has a wealth of knowledge on what it’s like to be a fulltime carer. In his 20’s, Aaron became his brother’s carer for a number years,” Minister Macklin said.
“We know everyone has a story to tell, we just have to be ready to listen. It not only gives us an insight into the experiences and challenges people face but it also gives us a better understanding of the kind of support and care people with disability need and deserve.
“Aaron is a fantastic advocate for people with disability, their families and carers and I congratulate him on his new role.”
The National Disability Awards recognise organisations and individuals who make positive contributions to the lives of people with disability.
This year there will be no extension to the nomination period for 2012 National Disability Awards which close on 20 July. The award categories illustrate the breadth of activity and achievement in the disability sector with categories covering;
- lifelong and youth achievement
- developers, builders improving access
- creation of job opportunities for people with disability
- advocacy, education and inclusion
- health and wellbeing services
Finalists are announced in September - October with the awards held at the National Gallery of Australia on 23 November 2012.