Call to let disabled play an active role

Lisa Papiccio was diagnosed with a neurological disorder when she was 21. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d401401
Lisa Papiccio was diagnosed with a neurological disorder when she was 21. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d401401

The 43-year-old was diagnosed with a neurological disorder when she was 21 and uses a wheelchair full-time.

In December 2005, Rocky Bay Employment Services found Ms Papiccio a job with the City of Belmont where she works two days a week. ‘I’ve had the opportunity to move around and do various jobs, firstly as a graffiti control assistant and now as a clerical assistant working for the planning section,’ Ms Papiccio said.

‘I have also had the chance to be part of the City of Belmont’s disability access focus group that meets once a month.’

Ms Papiccio said when she came to the City of Belmont, her colleagues, who describe her as an ‘inspiration’, soon became her second family and every morning she woke up looking forward to going to work.

‘I’ve never been made to feel so welcome in any other workplace like I have here,’ she said.