Don’t Dis My Ability on International Disability Day

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Donna Purcell with Hetty  Donna Purcell with her guide dog Hetty

Last week we mused about sympathy vs empathy and switching to a focus on a person’s ability rather than their disability. Today is International Disability Day and a strong theme of recognition of achievement and potential was campaigned by Don’t Dis My Ability.    
The defining theme for Don’t Dis My Ability reinforces the push to redefine how the community interacts with people who are living with a disability  by first and foremost looking at what the ability is: skill sets, experience and ambitions rather than where they are hindered.    
Donna Purcell is the face of this year’s campaign and one 19 ambassadors whose occupations range from stand-up comedians,  musicians, performance and visual artists, athletes, social workers, students to corporate executives. The great connecting factor within the selected ambassadors is both a refusal to be defined or confined by their disability, marking out and achieving goals and a desire to help others.    
As the face of the Don’t Dis My Ability Donna Purcell is an example of the power of persistence and goal setting. Donna talks about the resilience she developed as a result of having as a young girl, to stay in Sydney away from her country based family  for extended periods of time in order to receive medical treatment for her eye deteriorating condition. This strength of character has led Donna through a varied and successful career.    
She has made brave moves, including the move to work outside of the disability industry because she felt she could more effectively advocate for people living with a disability from outside that world. She is now the Diversity Manager at Commonwealth Bank, supporting the career goals of others.    
Everyone should hop on the Don’t Dis My Ability link below and find out more about people who are really busy living and excelling. http://www.dontdismyability.com.au/