UWA student Ming Luo to visit England and share experiences of disability

Ming Luo.
Ming Luo.

SHELLEY resident Ming Luo is about to spend two months in England sharing her experiences of living with a disability and helping develop related university policies.

The 20-year-old student will take part in an exchange program at Durham University working with its Careers and Enterprise Centre to develop policies, set up a network and share her experiences about living with a disability in Australia.

Ms Luo said having retinitis pigmentosa, a visual impairment, did not restrict her from pursuing what she wanted throughout her life.

“Obviously there are challenges, I can’t read or write on paper physically so I have to do it electronically,” she said.

“But for me it’s normal because I’ve had it all my life and I do what I want to do.

“I study; I’ve joined sports, called goalball, which is a sport designed for the vision impaired.”

Ms Luo said she was interested in identifying differences between UK and Australia for people with disabilities.

“Anything worthy of changing or implementing that I learnt in the UK, I will try to implement it here,” she said.

“Vice versa, anything we are doing here that the UK can take on, I might advocate for it.”

UWA’s McCusker Centre for Citizenship selected Ms Luo for its global citizenship exchange program.

Ms Luo has delivered free workshops to high school students across Perth and rural areas, including Northam, through her involvement with National Disability Services.

The workshops aimed to encourage students to choose careers in the disability sector and positively shape attitudes towards people with disabilities.

Ms Luo said there were still many misconceptions about what it was like to live with a disability.

“The biggest misconception is that people with disabilities are different, like an alien species, and are limited in what they can do,” she said.

“I’ve heard people say to people with disabilities, and I’ve experienced this myself, things like, ‘oh my gosh, congrats on getting out of the house to do the shopping’.”

Ms Luo will graduate from UWA when she returns in late August.

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