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Andrew honoured to be named DEA Awards national finalist

The Disability Trust is super proud of one of our long-serving participants, Andrew Radford, after he was honoured by being named a national finalist at the Disability Australia Employment Awards.

Andrew travelled to Melbourne for the presentation night at the Grand Hyatt where he was one of three finalists in the Training Participant Award.

Kim Barrett, nominated by Asuria Australia, was named the winner while Dan Carney, nominated by Omnia Inclusive Employment Solutions, was the other finalist alongside Andrew.

The Disability Trust’s Executive General Manager of Growth and Innovation, Mathew McIntyre, Far South Coast Disabilty Employment Services Business Manager Leanne Slipper and Employment Services Manager Rebecca McIntyre also attended the awards ceremony.

Andrew was nominated by The Disability Trust in recognition of his incredible determination and accomplishments.

For more than two decades, Andrew has been connected to TDT and is an integral part of the Batemans Bay Library team.

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Andrew recently completed a Certificate 2 in Animal Care, a significant achievement and now is a proud father to his support dog, Saidie.

A passionate advocate for people with disability, he has collaborated with Aspect Australia to help create a film on Autism awareness, which showcases his commitment to making a difference.

From this experience Andrew is now completing a journalism course so he can keep progressing with sharing his story while making sure all organisations are aware of their requirements to support people with disability and are encouraged to make any adjustments in a non-judgmental way.

Andrew is expanding his impact by taking his advocacy nationwide, speaking at conferences and serving on committees for Intellectual Disability and Autism.

Despite facing doubters who said he wouldn’t achieve anything, Andrew’s drive to prove them wrong and make a significant impact for others living with disability is truly remarkable.

His commitment to advocacy ensures that his voice, and his peers, are heard and respected, leading to greater inclusivity and understanding in our society.

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