Crowd joins in disabilities expo

PEOPLE with disabilities from across the Fraser Coast flocked to Maryborough's City Hall yesterday for the annual Community Services Expo.

The expo, which is held is association with Disability Action Week, gives visitors the chance to learn more about opportunities in the community.

It was a bright and bubbly atmosphere at the event yesterday as visitors filled the hall to make the most of the educational stalls on offer.

Maryborough Endeavour Foundation Learning and Lifestyle worker Coral Coe said the expo gave people with disabilities a chance to network in the community and make new friends.

"Each year we bring a group down to the expo so that they can look around and pick up a few freebies," Ms Coe said.

"It's a chance for people to see what is out there for them, and to learn about what they can do.

"It's also a great opportunity for them to work on their self- esteem and self confidence, and to show off their achievements."

A flash mob from the expo also took to the streets of the Maryborough markets yesterday, as part of the Disability Action Week celebrations.

Community Lifestyle Agency worker Jess Lane said the flash mob was created to help raise awareness of the week-long event.

"It's about letting people know that anyone, anywhere can surprise them," Ms Lane said.

"And it is about highlighting what people can do."



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