You can't keep a good Matt down

Matt Laffan
Matt Laffan

A MAN who has spent his life proving a wheelchair can't keep him down has been chosen as an ambassador for a State-wide campaign aimed at inspiring people with disabilities.

Former Coffs Harbour local Matt Laffan was born with diastrophic dysplasia, a rare genetic condition characterised by short stature and abnormal curvature of the spine, which has seen him confined to a wheelchair since the age of 10.

But Mr Laffan, now 37, has proven that disability is no detriment to making a life for himself by becoming a lawyer for the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, a member of the Law Society Council and an officer with the NSW Rugby Judiciary.

“Success is best measured by an individual realising their potential and being passionate about it,” Mr Laffan said.

It's that attitude that has garnered him the title of ambassador for the 2008 Don't DIS my ABILITY campaign, a project that encompasses more than 150 events across NSW in the lead up to International Day of People with a Disability on December 3.

Minister for Disability Services, Paul Lynch, said the 21 ambassadors from the worlds of sport, arts, education and business were inspirational role models for people with a disability.

“By sharing their stories, our ambassadors will help break down barriers and dispel the myths around disability,” Mr Lynch said.

“The chances are that you will know at least one person with a disability, they are the reason we celebrate on December 3 each year.”

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