TAMWORTH is set to shine the spotlight on abilities not disabilities next week as it hosts a major national event aimed at raising awareness and promoting equality for handicapped people.
To be held on Friday, Walk with Me invites communities to unite and walk alongside people of all capabilities, while encouraging better understanding of people with disabilities.
Johnno Taylor and Mitchell Brooke are official ambassadors for the Tamworth event.
Mr Taylor lives with a brain injury he acquired after a tumour was removed from his brain when he was 14 years old.
He hopes Walk with Me will open the community’s eyes to see people first and not their disability.
“People automatically think we are idiots because we have a disability,” he said.
Mr Brooke, who lives with Aspergers, said he wants the community to understand disability isn’t a black-and-white issue, and that it affects all people differently.
“People tend to judge people with disabilities without getting to know us first,” he said.
The walk also aims to raise funds for Northcott’s respite service in the New England area so people with disabilities and their families can get a much needed break.
Walk with Me gets underway at 10am in Anzac Park on Brisbane St.
Full details can be found at northcott.com.au