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Disabled achievers honoured

Published: 11:14PM Wednesday December 03, 2008 Source: ONE News

New Zealand's first ever disability awards honouring some inspirational achievers were celebrated in Auckland on Wednesday evening.

The Attitude Awards is a new initiative generated by the TV series.

Dancer and choreographer Suzanne Cowan won the ACC supreme award.

Cowan has been invited to present her work next year at Melbourne's Art of Difference Festival.

Plucky five-year-old Charlotte Cleverley Bisman, who lost her limbs fighting meningitis, won the spirit award.

The awards are made up of eight categories, including best disabled sportsman and employer of the year.

Winner of the Employer Award, 4Dice is an independent company that services Eftpos terminals. Run by Rob and Mandie Fordyce, it has a team of seven workers who live with disabilities.

The company regards its employees as the key to its success - each employee has a workplan with future aspirations for work and life-skill developments.

The Attitude Awards hopes to become an annual show and organisers hope it will become the equivalent of the Halberg Awards.