Highly awarded disability advocate Sue Salthouse has died after a collision between her wheelchair-accessible motorcycle and a car in Canberra yesterday afternoon (20 July 2020).
Sue, aged 71, was left with a broken back and wheelchair bound after a horse riding accident in 1995.
Following the accident, she has advocated for the inclusion of people with disability in society.
Sue has been awarded several honours for her work:
In 2010 she received the Edna Award for community activism;
2011 Inclusion Award in recognition of working towards an inclusive attitude for people whatever their disability;
2014 named ACT Senior Woman of the Year in 2014;
2015 Canberra Citizen of the Year;
2017 she won the Lesley Hall Leadership Award at the National Disability Awards; and
This year she was named ACT’s Senior Australian of the Year.
She was also co-chair of the ACT Disability Expert Panel advising on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, influenced the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and between 2009-2012 was president of Women with Disabilities Australia.
ACT Policing say the accident occurred on Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.