This year marks the 26th anniversary of International Day of People with Disability and presents the Australian community with the opportunity to challenge perceptions, educate others and help normalise disability in everyday life.
The Federal Government’s Department of Social Services encourages all Australians to start a conversation about disability on December 3 at workplaces, schools, community and sporting groups with the aim of making the country a more inclusive place for everyone.
By celebrating International Day of People with Disability we can help create a voice for the 4.3 million Australians with disability and help break community assumptions and reframe attitudes.
The Hon Sarah Henderson, Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, said the United Nations sanctioned day helps break down barriers for Australians living with disability.
“In Australia the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 commits all governments to a nationwide approach aimed at improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers,” the Assistant Minister said.
“The Australian Government is committed to ensuring people with disability are able to participate in everyday life just like everyone else.
“International Day of People with Disability is a day to celebrate the achievements of people with disability and show just how far we have come.”
Last year, more than 600 events were held across Australia to mark the day, ranging from morning teas to karaoke competitions and dinner dances.
The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’.
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The intent of this theme is to focus on empowering people with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Everyone can help celebrate by holding an event to show your support. It’s as easy as one, two, three: get some ideas, register and then promote your event.
Groups can have a lunch, a concert or working bee. The only limit is your imagination.
“An event planning kit to help communities plan their event is now available on the website www.idpwd.com.au or check out the online calendar of events in your area,” the Assistant Minister said.
Visit the International Day of People with Disability website for helpful hints and tools needed for planning, or call 1800 440 385.
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