I love helping others to understand what it is like to have complex communication needs. Through presentations, conferences and training support staff from a variety of organisations. My art, writing and community education, have given me a platform from which I am able to raise awareness and educate people, about the importance of inclusion and being open to each others differences. I am able to show that disability truly is not a barrier to achievement.
I have helped train Disability Services (government) staff, uni students and others in the use of Facilitated Communication,I am also invited regularly to speak at government and organisational events. I enjoy school visits where through my children’s books I am able to teach students about inclusion, empathy, kindness and to embrace and accept differences.
My varied activities have helped me grow professionally, but ultimately I want to inspire and encourage others regardless of abilities to express themselves creatively and to show the wider community that disability is not a barrier to achievement. “We all have a responsibility, a social responsibility, to step up and play our part in creating inclusive, diverse and connected communities”. I believe that when we are connected to and part of our communities that greater opportunities are created where individuals are valued for who they are and what they have to offer, I myself am proof of this.
‘An Evening with Peter Rowe’ held at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery on September 16th was a wonderful community collaboration between locals, business’s and creative’s from within Fraser Coast and Hervey Bay. This was also very special as my ‘Take a Seat’ exhibition was on display at the Gallery along…Read more
I have been invited to be a guest speaker at several events for Gladstone Community Linking Agency and feel very honoured to be part of the GCLA community and all they represent. Sharing a common passion for making a difference in our communities and particularly in the lives of those with…Read more
In 2013 & 2015 I was invited to be a guest ‘lecturer’ and deliver a tutorial for classes of Early Childhood Education students at Macquarie University in Sydney. An important role of the early childhood teacher is reading with children and the process of engaging them in writing and illustrating…Read more
Can art help overcome adversity? How does creative expression contribute to individual well-being and social engagement? And can creative activity make any positive difference in overcoming the challenges of mental illness, homelessness, physical or intellectual disability or life trauma? These were some of the questions addressed by Art From The…Read more
People can achieve great things when they are supported to follow their passions. But what can that lead to, especially for people with disabilities, in terms of belonging to and contributing to their community and meeting like-minded people? This was the focus of a forum run by the Community Resource…Read more