SOUTHERN Cross University hosted a mini 'expo' for people with disabilities to celebrate today's International Day of People with Disability.

Paralympic gold medallist Jacqueline Freney addressed an audience of school children, local people with disabilities and their carers. Ms Freney praised the event for boosting awareness of the opportunities available to people with disabilities.

"It was great to be invited here as an ambassador," Ms Freney said.

"Events like these promote inclusion and raise awareness in the community. Without the aid of the community, people with disabilities stay locked in their own world."

Shelley Odewahn, SCU's student equity and student disability project officer, said university and tertiary study is often seen as a barrier for people.

"The idea of today's event was to share information with people with disabilities," she said.

"Today is about opening up and letting them know there are university and community services that can support them through university study."



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