Trinity clients celebrate their achievements during Disability Action Week

GOLD COAST residents Paul Hill, Paul Wells and Anna Scholl will join more than 60 people at the Trinity Disability Support Service Disability Action Week Dinner on 23 September to celebrate their achievements.

The dinner will kick off from 6.30pm at Southport Sharks Club in the Oval View Room and will include a two course dinner, entertainment and lucky door prizes. The keynote speaker is Peter Rowe, who has overcome the challenges of Down syndrome to become an artist and writer.

Queenslanders will celebrate Disability Action Week from 18 to 24 September 2011 and this year’s theme is Empower, enable, everybody. One in five Queenslanders has a disability of some kind, and disability touches most Queenslanders’ lives in some way.

Trinity Disability Support Service Manager Edmund McMahon said he is committed to bettering the lives of Trinity’s 29 clients and building a community that is safe, welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities.

“This event will help present disability in a positive light and profile people who live with a disability and inspire others and enrich the community through their experiences,” he said.


“We have many success stories at Trinity where clients have overcome life obstacles and are now living independently in their own accommodation and living fulfilling lives.


“At Trinity we support people with intellectual disabilities to achieve their goals in areas such as domestic skills, community access, finance and budgeting.”


Trinity client Paul Hill leads an active life and has lived alone in his apartment for six years. He is very sociable and coordinates activities as the Chairperson of Trinity’s client committee. Paul said he likes bowling, going to the races and volunteering at Trinity Lutheran College in Ashmore.


“Housework is very important and I cook my own meals here,” he said.


“I like travelling and have been to Perth, Darwin, Ayers Rock and the Whitsundays on my own, with Trinity supporting me to learn new skills like planning the itinerary and budget.”


Trinity client Paul Wells has not let autism strop him from being part of the community. He and his girlfriend Anna Scholl share an apartment in Arundel with one other person.


“I am very independent and have travelled to the Philippines on my own twice,” he said.


“I like to cook, and love computers and horse riding.


“I also talk at Bond University once a year to the students about living with a disability.”


Anna likes to cook and has mostly enjoyed paid employment.


“I worked at Pizza Hut in Ashmore for 10 years and at McDonald’s for a couple of years,” she said.


Anna is currently unemployed, “I really want to find a new job now.”


Edmund said all of Trinity’s clients are excited about the upcoming dinner event.


The dinner venue is located at the corner of Musgrave and Olsen Avenues Southport. People interested in attending can telephone Trinity on (07) 5564 7888.


In 2010, more than 150 community events were registered on the Disability Action Week website.