This year marks the 25th anniversary of International Day of People with Disability and the milestone gives the community the opportunity to challenge perceptions, educate others and help normalise disability in everyday life.
We all have a role to play to ensure people with disability have the same opportunities to reach their full potential.The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services.
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 people can help create a voice for the 4.3 million Australians with disability and help break community assumptions and reframe attitudes.
The Hon Jane Prentice, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, said the United Nations sanctioned day helps break down barriers for Australians living with disability.
“Last year, more than 600 events were held across Australia to mark International Day of People with Disability, ranging from morning teas to karaoke competitions and dinner dances,” she said. “These events provide an important opportunity to work with and celebrate the lives of people with disability, challenge perceptions and promote a more inclusive Australia.
“We all have a role to play to ensure people with disability have the same opportunities to reach their full potential,” Mrs Prentice said.
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The theme for this year’s celebration is Transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all. The intent of this theme is to ‘leave no one behind’, aiming to empower people with disability to be active contributors to society.
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.
Visit the International Day of People with Disability website for helpful hints and tools needed for planning, or call 1800 440 385. TTY users can phone 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 440 385.