Scope celebrates Victorian Disability Awards wins

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Scope’s proud to be a winner at the 2018 Victorian Disability Awards held in Melbourne yesterday, with success being particularly sweet as we celebrate Scope’s 70th birthday this week.

Scope has plenty to be proud of, with the Excellence in employment outcomes award being presented to the Accessible Information service, and long-serving staff member Hilary Johnson being recognised on the Lifetime Achievement honour roll. Scope’s Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse team was also a finalist for the Excellence in promoting rights, fairness and safety award.

The Victorian Disability Awards celebrate individuals, groups and organisations in Victoria that are leading the way to create a fairer, more inclusive community. Supporting people to live as empowered and equal citizens is at the heart of the work we do and the small group of parents that formed our organisation in 1948 would be proud to see that 70 years on, we continue to build better lives for people with a disability.

The Accessible Information service employs people with disability who have low English literacy as consumer testers, who read and provide feedback on accessible information (Easy English) documents for a range of organisations.

The Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse project has seen a communication toolkit, website and training program developed to support the identification and reporting of abuse and neglect for some of the most vulnerable people in our community – those with communication difficulties.

Both the Speak Up and be Safe from Abuse project and Accessible Information service are initiatives of Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre (CIRC), a team committed to improving awareness, developing capacity, and helping create opportunities for people with communication disabilities to access and participate in community activities.

Incredibly deserving of her induction to the Lifetime Achievement honour roll, Hilary Johnson has made significant contribution to the rights, participation and inclusion of Victorians with a disability over the course of her 40-year career. Hilary’s career has been dedicated to advocating for people with disability and complex communication needs, representing their human rights, developing communication potential and maximising their quality of life.

A joint initiative between National Disability Services and the Department of Health and Human Services, the Victorian Disability Awards recognise the achievements and contributions of people and organisations that provide support, leadership, advocacy, service and education to improve the lives of people with disability living in Victoria.

Scope is proud to have its dedicated people and programs among those being recognised as part of the 2018 Victorian Disability Awards.