Dr. Barbara Solarsh, a senior Speech Pathologist with Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre has been included in the Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll in the 2016 Victorian Disability Sector Awards.

This recognises Barbara’s dedication to her career. Barbara is working towards a world where people with communication difficulties are able to communicate successfully with everyone.

“Our staff are our greatest assets. Scope is thrilled that Barbara has been recognised for her hard work and dedication. Barbara has provided a means of communication for individuals who previously may have not had a ‘voice’,” said Cathy Lengyel, General Manager North Division and State-wide Services.

As a result of Barbara’s work, people now have a means to communicate choice, express their preferences, goals and aspirations.

Barbara currently coordinates the Communication Access initiative. Communication Access empowers people with communication difficulties to communicate successfully with everyone. The initiative supports people in services and businesses to have an understanding about communication difficulties, and what they can do to make sure everyone is respected, valued and able to express themselves.

Barbara also willingly and generously shares her learning with colleagues, families and the sector. She regularly presents at national and international conferences and delivers workshops on a broad range of topics related to people with complex communication needs, and behaviours of concern.

“Scope also congratulates Zane McKenzie and Daniel Reid, finalists in the category of Emerging Leader. Both Zane and Daniel have taken an active interest in raising awareness and influencing others, both in the disability sector and in the community,” explained Cathy Lengyel

Zane was born with Cerebral Palsy, and lives by the motto “Everything is harder, but nothing is impossible”. Zane works as a Community Educator, and has delivered Disability Awareness and Engagement training to over 1000 participants working in schools, communities and corporate organisations. He is also a mentor and leader to others within the Scope education team, some of whom are colleagues living with a disability.

Daniel, a Disability Support Worker at Scope ICON Lifestyle Options in Bendigo, is an exemplary employee who truly empowers the people he works with. He has assisted people supported by Scope to travel independently using the public bus system; developed Healthy Hump Wednesday which encourages healthy eating; worked closely with the Our Shed Community Resource Centre; and has been a vital in developing the Balloon Football League in Bendigo.

Photo: (Clockwise) Dr Barbara Solarsh, Daniel Reid and Zane McKenzie at the Victorian Disability Sector Awards.

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