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October 06, 2017

Athena Papadatos and RIAC advocate Tanya Harding ahead of next week's disability awareness event.

RIAC advocate Tanya Harding and Athena Papadatos.

An event raising awareness about the rights of people with disabilities will be at the Victoria Park Lake next week.

‘‘Walk for Your Rights, Your Voice’’ will gather more than 60 people including carers, persons with a disability and their friends and family.

The event will promote the need for people with a disability to know their rights and to feel empowered to stand up for their rights when needed, and be heard.

‘‘There are people out there that don’t have a voice, people who are scared to speak up when they’re being discriminated against,’’ Athena Papadatos said.

‘‘Sometimes people’s carers think they know what’s best ... (but the event is about saying) ‘I have a voice, I have rights, I can speak and I am capable’.’’

Members of Rights Information and Advocacy Centre (RIAC) and Shout Out Shepparton Self Advocacy Group are hosting the event.

After a walk around the lake, attendees will enjoy a barbecue lunch, fun and games by Enchanted Rainbow and Activities in the Park, at the all-abilities playground.

RIAC is a free confidential and independent service providing information and advocacy to people with all types of disabilities, their families and carers.

Walk for Your Rights, Your Voice will on Tuesday, from 11am to 1pm at the all-abilities playground, Victoria Park Lake. For more information, phone Athena or Tanya on 58221944.

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