Count Me In Foundation launch

Joint media release – Count Me In Foundation launch

Dignity for Disability MP Kelly Vincent and City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Mayor Robert Bria have joined with Dignity for Disability Party President and Norwood Football Club Premiership player, Rick Neagle, to launch the Count Me In Foundation at the Norwood Rotunda today.

“I grew up playing footy in Norwood as a Redlegs player and was lucky to be part of a SANFL Premiership winning team, now I want to see all sporting codes, and government, work together as a team to improve awareness, inclusion and understanding of disability in our community.  That’s why we’re launching Count Me In,” says Rick Neagle.

“It’s about winning hearts and minds, as well as taking practical steps, such as ensuring all of our public spaces and private homes are purpose built to give access to all.”

“Dignity for Disability have ensured our new state planning laws include consideration of universal design principles, to increase the physical access to the built environment for all.  I am thrilled to join with Rick Neagle and Mayor Robert Bria today to support the launch of Count Me In,” says Kelly Vincent.

“Universal design means not only will our public spaces become more accessible to people with disabilities, but also to older South Australians and people with prams, bicycles or other wheeled devices.  Count Me In is a way of promoting an attitude that is welcoming of all to community events and spaces.”

“The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is developing a Masterplan for The Parade which incorporates universal design principles for accessibility, to ensure that The Parade precinct is accessible for people of all abilities,” said Mayor Robert Bria.

“Part of the planning process is to engage disability advocates and service providers, to ensure that The Parade Masterplan not only complies with current legislation, but also exemplifies best practice.”

Rick Neagle – background

Rick played in three SANFL premierships with Norwood Football Club (NFC) during the halcyon days of the SANFL.  He enjoys an active connection with the club, including as Board Member of the Redlegs Foundation.  Rick served as the NFC Physiotherapist for 15 years after retiring from the game in 1987 and is a Life Member of the NFC. He has also worked in the private health industry as an accredited APA Sports Physiotherapist and was a partner of the Wakefield Sports clinic for 20 years. Rick was President of the Australian Sports Federation Education Committee and served for many years on the Private Practitioner Group Committee (SA Branch). Rick has post graduate qualifications in Financial Investment and Business Management.

Rick is proud Dad to Taylah (19) and Mitchell (16). Mitchell has autism spectrum disorder and attends St Patrick’s Special School.  Through his personal experience as a family carer, Rick has become a strong advocate on many disability issues including the provision of services for people with autism.

As Dignity for Disability President, Rick is an active spokesperson for the organisation. He stood as candidate in Dunstan (formerly Norwood) in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 state elections.  During his tenure as President (2010 – present) Rick has become an Australia Day Ambassador and a White Ribbon Ambassador.