Date posted: 
2 December 2011


The Nation's Capital is celebrating the UN International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) in style, with over 50 events happening around the Territory to mark the Day.

In 1992 the United Nations General Assembly declared 3 December as a day to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of people with disability and this year more than 700 public and private celebrations are being held in schools, churches, offices and communities around the country for IDPwD in 2011, including:

• Business Leaders Innovative Thoughts and Solutions (BLITS) and Disability ACT are conducting a workshop presented by Nick Stanhope CEO of the We Are What We Do movement. Two sessions will be held on 2nd December 2011, 9:30am -12:00 noon and 12.30pm - 2.00pm at the National Convention Centre (RSVP required).

• BLITS and Disability ACT will also be holding a Sunflower Flash Mob - to create a giant sunflower of people to promote inclusion on the eve of International Day of People with Disability from 1.00pm on 2 December 2011 at Garema Place, Civic.

• People with disabilities will be able to enjoy more than $230,000 of free offers and discounts through the 2011 IDPwD Celebration Pass being offered by Nican in conjunction with local attractions with the support of the ACT Government.

• People with Disabilities and ACT Muscular Dystrophy Association are hosting a free event to fold 1000 paper cranes to symbolise the power of personal actions for International Day. The event is being held from 12 noon - 4:30pm Saturday 3rd December at Canberra Museum and Gallery adjacent to Civic Square.

These are just a sample of the events happening in the ACT and IDPwD National Patron and Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon, has encouraged Australians to get out and join celebrations in local communities to mark IDPwD: "The International Day of People with Disability is a great opportunity to acknowledge the skills, talents and contributions that people with disabilities, organisations and families make all year long. Disability touches all of us in one way or another, so this is a day that should be celebrated by Australians of all abilities", Mr McKeon said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas said she hoped the whole community would be affected by International Day. "International Day is a celebration of the uniqueness and capacity of people with disability and a great opportunity to raise awareness in the general community," Senator McLucas said.

Celebrations kicked off earlier this week with the national premiere of more than 60 IDPwD ABC Open "The Moment Behind the Photo" projects developed with people with disabilities from regional Australia. This was produced through a partnership with Nican, who have been funded by the Australian Government to coordinate IDPwD 2011. All of the stories can be viewed at the ABC Open website - and a showreel of selected stories is online.

For more information visit or call 1800 440 385. Media enquiries: Craig Wallace, National Coordinator of IDPwD on 0451 199 750