As part of International Day of People with Disability celebrations, the Australian Government will provide $60,000 to support an ABC scholarship for disability content makers living in regional Australia.

Ross Vasta is encouraging people with disability living in or around Bonner to apply for this unique opportunity.

“Living with disability in a regional town or centre shouldn’t stop anyone from being able to share their creativity with the rest of the country,” said Mr Vasta.

“The ABC Regional Storyteller scholarship will provide a voice to people with disability in the community and help break down assumptions and attitudes.

“I strongly encourage anyone with a lived experience of disability and with innovative content ideas to apply for this opportunity,” Mr Vasta said.

Last year’s winner, Eliza Hull from Castlemaine in Victoria, has been working with the ABC in Bendigo and has produced an eight-part radio series on ABC Radio National, Life Matters. Eliza’s story, What is it like being a parent with a disability?

“One in five Australians live with disability, this represents a vast pool of talent. Considering a person with disability could lead you to the best person for the job,” Mr Vasta said.

Applications for the ABC Regional Storyteller scholarship are currently open and close on 14 February 2019.

The scholarship winner will spend three months working with various ABC teams, to develop their skills and produce content.

Applicants can email their applications to storytellerscholarship@abc.net.au or contribute offline by posting their applications to Regional Storyteller Scholarship applications, ABC Ultimo PO Box 9994 Sydney NSW 2001. For more information visit abc.net.au/careers