Experts in the Media

Ben Aldridge – South Western Times

Disability Advocate

Leading South West disability advocate Ben Aldridge’s praise for Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott.

“You can’t be what you can’t see”.

That’s the reason a leading South West advocate believes retiring tennis legend and new Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott will be a game-changer for the country’s disability community.

Ben Aldridge, owner of disability advocacy and education business 30 Foot Drop and Shire of Capel Citizen of the Year believes visibility is crucial in the disability community’s fight for equal opportunity.

Alcott, a tennis champion, former Paralympic wheelchair basketballer, radio host and TV personality, was presented the award at the annual ceremony in Canberra on the eve of Australia Day, just hours before he won an Australian Open semifinal in Melbourne.

“We’re being recognised as equal and as worthy of attaining one of the highest honours in Australia, and that in itself is huge,” he said.