NAIDOC Week – Hunter Volunteer Earns Top Award

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A huge congratulations to Simone Owen for being awarded the 2015 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Scholarship at The University of Newcastle as part of this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations. The scholarship will provide Simone with financial assistance to continue her tertiary studies.

Simone is in second year Speech Pathology at Newcastle University, and for the past 12 months has been volunteering with Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Alternative & Augumentative Communication Group (AAC) chat groups.

During this time Simone has worked closely with Tony McInnes to help him improve his skills with his eye-gaze communication device. When Tony heard about the scholarship opportunity, he was keen to show his appreciation for Simone’s support, and submitted a reference letter he wrote using his eye-gaze device.

We think Simone’s passion and commitment to disability and Indigenous Health has made her a worthy winner – congratulations Simone!

These chat groups are run by Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Community Access Services in the Hunter region. For more information about these groups contact Angela Dives on 02 4979 4333.

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