TWENTY per cent of the Australian population lives with a disability.
Today, a group of people with a range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, down syndrome and autism, joined Paralympics swimmer Ellie Cole to launch Walk With Me, a campaign calling call on Australians to celebrate the inclusion of those of all abilities.
The group walked alongside Ellie from Hyde Park to the top of the Sydney Tower Eye SKYWALK - one of the only iconic locations in Sydney that is easily accessible for wheelchairs (including bridges, beaches and coastal walks).
Ellie Cole lost her leg to cancer when she was three years old. Now she's a record-breaking medalist from the IPC World Championships.
"I've experienced first-hand the emotional and physical challenges that must be overcome to achieve your goals - whether they be walking a short distance like in Dick Smith Walk With Me, being able to access a café or restaurant around the city or swimming at the Paralympics," said Ellie.
"Dick Smith Walk With Me events will be held around Australia over the next couple of months, giving people of all abilities the chance to come together. This is the chance for the Australian public to get involved and show their support and take time to speak to someone with a disability, learn about the challenges they face and walk a day in their shoes.''
Between August and November, approximately 20 Dick Smith Walk With Me events will be held in capital cities and regional centres. All funds raised through the campaign will go directly towards initiatives such as assisted technologies, respite care, therapies and better service provision for people living with disability in Australia.
To find out more about Dick Smith Walk With Me, or to register or to donate visit http://www.walkwithme.org.au/