Our campaign ambassadors are sharing their stories for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week to challenge perceptions of spinal cord injury and raise awareness of access and inclusion in the community.
Spinal Life Australia
“I’m an award-winning photographer with a passion for getting out and enjoying life. I teach photography in the community, and I also visit schools to speak to students about staying safe and preventing injuries.” – Mark Farrell
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
“My work with SCIA’s Teamsafe program sees me travelling to worksites across the country to prevent others having an accident like my own. In my spare time I volunteer with Marine Rescue NSW, manning the radios to help sailors in distress.” – David Crawford
“I’m an illustrator and designer, passionate about creating attractive and well-designed assistive devices for people with a disability. I graduated with Honours in Design and Education and presented my thesis on the importance of the aesthetics of assistive devices at the Universal Design Conference.” – Cobie Moore.
“Since the accident I have continued to do the things I love most. I enjoy travelling and following my creative passions. Although life is harder in some respects, I choose to focus on the opportunities which have come from my life’s new direction.” – Elise Sommerton
The ParaQuad Association of Tasmania Inc
“Presenting ParaQuad Tasmania’s BodySafe Education Program in schools is rewarding to me. I like to think that our work can really make a difference. I work as an Account Manager at OfficeMax and since my accident I have become a Dad of two beautiful little girls.” – David Wood
“I work as a community engagement officer with ParaQuad Tasmania. I am a Paralympian gold medallist in javelin and held the world record. Life has many great opportunities and experiences to offer no matter the challenge.” – Julie Van Keulen
Spine and Limb Foundation (Inc)
“I started mouth painting two years ago because I was eager to start something creative where I could develop my skills. I find painting to be relaxing and expressive, and have had some of my artwork exhibited locally. I am proud of how far I have come as an artist.” – Joseph Teo