Lust for life is inspirational
WHILE most people call it a disability, Scott Trevelyan says his acquired brain injury is "more like a gift".
Ten years ago the Alstonvale man was in a horrific motorbike accident which left him with eight broken vertebrae, a dislocated femur, a broken shoulder, two broken ribs, a punctured lung and a brain injury that was classified as severe.
But Mr Trevelyan, now 46, did not give up on life.
He discharged himself from hospital after just one month and went surfing, started doing yoga and completed his Visual Arts degree at Southern Cross University.
It is through his art that Mr Trevelyan - now an acclaimed sculptor, designer, artist and print maker - has found a new life.
At first he used art to express "frustration, fatigue, isolation and depression".
"My art work is no longer dark and full of despair," he said.
"I actually feel lucky to have endured such trauma and still maintain a light-hearted approach to life."
Mr Trevelyan also started the Brain Injury Support Service Incorporated group, and holds fortnightly meetings at his Willowbank Studio at Alstonvale.
His commitment to helping people with disabilities is why he was chosen to be one of 16 ambassadors for this year's "Don't Dis My Ability" campaign.
This role involves visiting towns and cities throughout NSW to promote positive images of people with disabilities.
The campaign aims to show that people with a disability can adapt to any environment, including recreation, employment and community events.
It is hoped the campaign will lead to more job opportunities for disabled people.