Fair draws attention to disabilities and community inclusion

Gary Kean
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Kathy Hawkins, left, and Trustin Patey of the Indepenent Living Resource Centre were available to passersby during the Disability Awareness and Community Inclusion Fair held at the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook Wednesday.

CORNER BROOK  Even if just one person found some information to help them, Trustin Patey believes his efforts to raise awareness about people living with disabilities was worth it.

Patey is an intern with the Independent Living Resource Centre, which held the Disability Awareness and Community Inclusion Fair at the College of the North Atlantic in Corner Brook Wednesday.

The resource centre itself has been in existence for more than three decades but the annual fair has only been held in Corner Brook since 2007. The event is an opportunity for the community to become more aware of the various programs and services available to people living with any kind of disability.

Organizations taking part in the fair set up information booths to explain how they can help those living with a disability. The information ranged from devices to help people with disabilities more easily use a computer right on up to how to access help finding employment or funding for education.

The traffic was light when The Western Star dropped by to chat with Patey about the fair, but he said a good number of people had been by earlier in the day.

“It’s a great way for local organizations to get together and network with each other to see how they can help each other and share their information,” he said.

The resource centre exists to help anyone with any kind of disability. Patey, who was born with a visual disability, said some disabilities are not always obvious, so it’s hard to say how many people the fair helped.

“We had a lot of information here about things like adaptive technologies — hardware and software to help them live or work — all the way up to help them find a job or get funding for school,” he said.


Organizations: College of the North Atlantic

Geographic location: Western Star

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