Posthumous Award for Disability Advocate
Thursday, 28th November 2013 at 8:56 am
Passionate disability advocate, the late Lesley Hall, has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement at the National Disability Awards.
|The late Lesley Hall has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement.|
Hall, who had been Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, died suddenly in October.
Hall has been championed as a tireless and effective campaigner for the rights of people with disability in Australia and overseas.
“Lesley was an outstanding leader, a formidable advocate for people with disability, a strong advocate for the NDIS and a member of two of the expert groups set up to guide its development,” Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield said at the awards.
Twelve individuals and organisations were recognised for their outstanding work to improve the lives of people with disability at this year’s National Disability Awards.
“This year’s field was exemplary, with many committed recipients whose work has helped improve the lives of Australians with disability and their families,” Senator Fifield said.
Fifield said the awards had been impressive this year, with more than 200 nominations received across the nine categories.
“This year we have seen people who have dedicated more than 30 years to supporting people with disabilities,” Fifield said.
“We awarded emerging leaders who are pioneering attitude change both domestically and internationally.
“These individuals and businesses exemplify the benefits to all of helping people with disability take part in all aspects of social, economic and community life.”
The National Disability Awards form an important part of the Australian Government’s celebration of the United Nations’ International Day of People with Disability.
The list of award winners can be found here.