Rosa Alpert

11/10/2011

 
I chose this charitable activity because deafness is the easiest disability to fix. Call me an opportunist, I found the easier cause to help.

Rosa Alpert

Rosa founded the charity organisation, The Sound World, to raise money to provide Cochlear implants for deaf children in the developing countries where this help is not provided by the government. Her organisation also puts pressure on governments and educational authorities to provide a proper framework for much needed cochlear implants, post-operative care, rehabilitation and educational development. It started in 2007, with two children in Russia and now continues to Armenia with future plans of Afganistan and Palestinian Authority. The Sound World is the Australian charity with unique activities of providing ongoing post surgery rehabilitation to help children with hearing disabilities to integrate into their new sound world.

http://www.thesoundworld.org/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

Cath Jefferies

11/10/2011

 
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 People naturally have fears about things they don’t know or understand and ideas and conceptions become generalised. People with chromosomal or mental abnormalities are quite often misunderstood and are treated with fear. I’d like to help change that.

Cath Jefferies

Cath founded Dance for Down Syndrome (D4DS) in 2010 - an association that raises funds and awareness through dance. Cath’s brother Phillip, has Down Syndrome. She saw the joy dancing brought him and somehow wanted to combine that feel-good factor with fundraising, while improving awareness about Down Syndrome, exposing the myths and fears surrounding it. Dance is a universal language without barriers and it was chosen especially because of that quality to express the ease with which people can connect with others. Cath designed this fundraising project to be a fun way to get children involved and bring a closer awareness of Down Syndrome to others in the community.

http://www.dance4downsyndrome.com.au/dancing/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

Laura Wellink

26/7/2011

 
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 I believe that every classroom teacher should gain an understanding of what it feels like to really struggle when learning something new. It is the only way we will be able to empathise with students and therefore be fully committed to making lessons as interactive, relative and informative as possible.


Laura Wellink

Fighting for her rights and the rights of others, Laura is using what some people may call her disability, and turning it around to try and help others. Laura’s neurosurgeon gave her parents little hope of her survival, and if she did survive, then little chance of being educated, due to the trauma inflicted on her brain from hydrocephalus. Laura has learned to manage her learning issues by focusing intensely on the subject at hand. She has become an advocate for other young patients suffering from the disease because of her ability to communicate what is going on inside her head. Laura is at university now studying to become an Early Childhood and Primary teacher, and has a specific interest in Learning Difficulties as she has genuine empathy and understanding of what children with learning difficulties face when presented with complicated tasks. During Practical Sessions, Laura has been able to identify learning difficulties in the classroom and implement different strategies that help a struggling student to succeed. Laura has faced people in her professional life who don’t believe she can teach because of her disability. Her outrage and dertermined fighting spirit has ensured her future in teaching and helping others.


email Laura: laura_wellink@yahoo.com.au


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Castle Hill, NSW

Joy Barrett

18/7/2011

 
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I have spent most of my working life in not for profit organisations. Commercial objectives would never have been enough for me. I have always wanted my work to make a difference, to make the world a better place for people who are disadvantaged and  need someone to speak on their behalf.

Joy Barrett

Adults with severe intellectual disabilities need lifelong assistance in coping with daily tasks, and their carers need support and assistance, to ensure that a relatively good quality of life can be a possibility for all. Joy is the manager of Minimbah, a facility that provides day programs for adults with high support needs, in a caring environment, as well as providing specialist services and building community understanding of their needs and aspirations. Joy fundamentally believes that the care and support of adults with disabilities is the responsibility of the entire community and that this support should be based on entitlements rather than emergency response. Each community member, whatever their disabilities, is valuable and important.

http://www.minimbah.org.au/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney

Donna Rankin

18/7/2011

 
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 Art has the ability to change lives.  It is simple, gentle, but powerful when it touches a soul.

Donna Rankin

Donna works with adults who have intellectual disabilities, encouraging the enjoyment of artistic expression along with supporting the participants goal to exhibit and sell within the contemporary art scene.  Donna also works with “at risk” young girls within the local high schools of the Great Lakes Community.  Her programme ‘artheart’ uses art to reach out to individuals and then through the gentle process of painting encourages relationship building, coping skills and self-esteem building.  Artheart has been running for three years and has had great success within the community.
http://www.glcforster-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/sws/view/1701618.node


Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Forster, NSW