Scope Annual Awards spotlight outstanding achievements

Celebrating our customers, our staff, the community and disability.

Scope celebrated its Annual Awards today, recognising the exceptional personal accomplishments of Scope customers as well as the achievements of outstanding Scope staff and members of the community.

Scope was privileged have in attendance the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, the Hon. Jane Prentice, and Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers, Senator Carol Brown, who both presented awards to people Scope supports for their achievements.

Minister Prentice presented the 2017 Annual Customer Awards, presented to individuals Scope supports who have developed new skills or have helped to create welcoming and inclusive communities.

  • Customer Leader – Charlie Welch
  • Customer Young Leader – Carla Valeri
  • Customer Team Awards – jointly awarded to Skull Fork Rock band and The Sugar Bells band.

Senator Brown presented awards to the winners of the Kaldeiscope program, Scope’s flagship art program, with Lyn Sturgess taking out the top prize.

Victoria’s Public Advocate Colleen Pearce also attended and presented Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre with the Public Advocate’s Award.

Scope CEO, Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald says the Annual Awards are an important occasion for people with disability, Scope and the wider disability service sector to reflect on its successes, amidst the backdrop of the NDIS.

“I looking forward to celebrating more successes and also meeting any challenges head on, with the ultimate goal of seeing all the people we support achieve their goals and live as equal and empowered citizens,” said Dr. Fitzgerald.

The Debbie Otto Award, Scope’s Annual Awards’ highest honour, was presented to Dr. Karen Bloomberg for her thirty year service to Scope, her achievements in pioneering Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC) to people with communication disabilities and in developing the Communication Access Symbol, an internationally recognised standard that awards organisations that developed full capacity to communicate effectively with people with communication difficulty.

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About Scope

Scope’s mission is to enable each person to live as an empowered and equal citizen.

We support people with physical, intellectual and multiple disabilities and developmental delays to achieve their goals.

Across Victoria, Scope provides services to over 6,000 people with a disability across more than 108 service locations.

Scope also works with corporate and community organisations to improve inclusiveness for people with a disability.

Scope’s foundations stretch back to 1948, when a group of parents who wanted better lives and options for their children with disabilities established the Spastic Children’s Society of Victoria.

Scope acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

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