Breaking down barriers with disability awareness

Award winners from Connolly Primary School with Kissabilities ambassadors (front, from left) Emily Prior, Reese Prior and Kalayis Don.
Award winners from Connolly Primary School with Kissabilities ambassadors (front, from left) Emily Prior, Reese Prior and Kalayis Don.

LITTLE Telethon Star Emily Prior (8) and twin sister Reese have teamed up with disability awareness group Kissabilities to help educate WA schools about inclusion.

The pair recently presented awards to students from Connolly Primary School who took part in the DifferAbility art competition.

The competition asked students to draw how they would include a person with a disability in their favourite activity and share what disability meant to them.

Kissabilites chief executive and founder Lisa Watson said the drawing contest aimed to remove the association of disabilities with the word “can’t”.

“The artwork was outstanding and gave an interesting picture of how children perceived people with a disability,” she said.

“We will use it as a foundation to focus our programs on the areas that will build a more positive and embracing attitude towards people with disabilities.”

The winning artwork will be on display at Westpac’s East Perth branch.