BRIGHTON’S Angela Wilton is a woman on a mission. As a single parent of a child with autism, Angela has had to fight hard over the years to try to access services for her son, Michael, who is now 21 years old.
As a result of her personal battles, Angela decided to organise a Disabilities Day Out for the Brighton Municipality to try to gauge how many people in the area needed services.
“After years of struggling to get services in the local area I thought it was time that we looked at what is needed here and that is why I decided to organise this special day so that we could see what our community needs,” Angela said.
“It is really hard and there should be a lot more resources and facilities available so that people don’t have to travel long distances to access them.
“The Disabilities Day Out event was held last month with more than 13 services on-site at Bridgewater Park to talk to residents who need the services.
“This year because of COVID, the normal expos could not be held so it was really important we could get something local in our community. When expos are held at venues such as the Derwent Entertainment Centre it is a fair walk from the bus for people who don’t have cars.
“I was delighted with the day and with the turnout for our inaugural event.
We had more than 100 people attending including service providers which was an excellent first-up response.
While it was the first one, I hope to make it an annual event,” Angela said.
“To be a parent with a child with a disability is really tough. My aim is to try to make it better for everyone,” Angela said.