Port Lincoln girl features in Focus on Ability Short Film Festival finalist

FILM: Mya Canty from Port Lincoln features in the short film 'Taking Flight'. Image: Cara and Redman Media
FILM: Mya Canty from Port Lincoln features in the short film 'Taking Flight'. Image: Cara and Redman Media

A documentary featuring a Port Lincoln girl living with a disability, her everyday achievements and the support she receives is a finalist in the Focus on Ability Short Film Festival.

Mya Canty features in the short documentary 'Taking Flight', created by disability support provider Cara as an entry into the festival.

Now in its 12th year the festival, organised by Nova Employment, features short films about people with disabilities and what they can achieve and has an international audience of more than one million people.

Taking Flight is among the finalists in the 'Open Entrant Documentaries' category and is open for public vote.

Mya lives with Cohen Syndrome and may lose the ability to see in the future, and has already lost her peripheral vision.

As a Cara Personalised Day Options client, Mya is being helped by her family and Cara to experience as much as she can now and in the future, and is learning to use her cane while she still has her sight to assist her in the future.

Mya's mother Justine Canty said the documentary was a window into what Mya had achieved so far.

LEAP: Mya Canty jumps in the air in a scene from 'Taking Flight'. Image: Cara and Redman Media

LEAP: Mya Canty jumps in the air in a scene from 'Taking Flight'. Image: Cara and Redman Media

"She's becoming more independent, she's becoming more social, she always has been but it's just giving her (more opportunities), giving her the skills," she said.

Cara chief executive Liz Cohen said everyone should take time out of their day to hear Mya's story and vote for the film on the festival website.

"Mya is one of Cara's incredible customers in Port Lincoln," she said.

"Mya's part of the Personalised Day Options team and watching them all develop their confidence and independence is just fabulous.

"Now, you have the chance to vote for Taking Flight and you'll help share Mya's story with even more people around Australia and the world."

Voting on the finalists opened on Tuesday and will remain open until Wednesday, September 23.

People can watch Taking Flight and cast their vote at www.focusonability.com.au/FOA/films/2156.html.