Australia Awards in disability-inclusive development

Profile: Antoni Tsaputra

Australian Development Scholarship recipient Antoni Tsaputra spoke at the Australian launch of the World Report on Disability at Parliament House. Photo: Australian Disability and Development Consortium Antoni Tsaputra, from Padang West Sumatra, Indonesia is a wheelchair user. Since graduating from Padang’s Andalas University in 2000, with a major in English literature, Antoni continued on campus as a lecturer assistant. He also started his own translation business and opened a small English language school at home. In 2010, Antoni successfully received Australia’s first Australian Development Scholarships Disability Carers Package. In 2011, Antoni completed a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication at Griffith University and received a Griffith Award for Academic Excellence.

Since completing his scholarship, Antoni continues to advocate for equal access for people with disabilities in Indonesia and plans to start a not-for-profit organization and use the media to change people’s attitudes towards disability.

'This Australian Development Scholarship opened up new possibilities for me. Now I want to open up possibilities for other people with disabilities here in Indonesia,' said Antoni.

 


Last Updated: 22 October 2014