Wednesday, 3 May 2017

DSA Director finalist for Western Australian of Year

Down Syndrome Australia News
1 May 2017

Congratulations to our DSA Board Member Catia Malaquias for being a finalist in the Western Australian of the Year awards. Catia is a long standing advocate for inclusive education and representation of people with a disability in the media and advertising.

Catia has made an important contribution to the representation of people with disability in mainstream advertising through her organisation Starting with Julius. She has worked with large Australian retail giants including Target and Kmart to ensure that their advertising is representative of Australians including Australians with a disability. She has also worked tirelessly to achieve recognition of the evidence-based benefits in student outcomes of students with disabilities being educated together with their same-age peers including through her work as co-founder of the School Inclusion Parent Network (SIPN).

We are very fortunate to have Catia as a board member and congratulate her on this honour.

Image description: Photo of Catia and son, Julius,
Playing with dinosaurs, taken at Target Australia
photoshoot.

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