Date posted: 
2 December 2011

NSW CELEBRATES DISABILITY DAY Sydney is celebrating the UN International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) in style, with more than 230 events happening around NSW 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:

 • A celebration of 'inclusive play' hosted by the Touched By Olivia Foundation and Children with Disability Australia on 3rd December 2011, 10:00am - 3.00pm at Livvi's Place Inclusive Playground, Timbrell Park, Henley Marine Drive, Five Dock. o Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers is expected to speak at this event at 1.15pm.

• The IDPwD Parramatta 2011 Expo will be held from 10am on 2nd December at Church St Mall Parramatta, with a range of stalls and demonstration activities, including accessibility tours at Parramatta Train Station. There will be on-stage entertainment, and a BBQ.

• END THE CYCLE is a campaign promoting the human rights and empowerment of people with disabilities and will be celebrating at Martin Place on Friday 2nd December from 12-2pm with music, speakers, entertainment and a photo exhibition. • The Access All Areas Film Festival will be screening from Dendy Opera Quays from 6:00pm - 8:30pm on 2nd December 2011.

• Internationally renowned group Rudely Interrupted will be playing at the Queanbeyan Festival of Ability on Thursday 1 December 2011 (4.00 - 7.00pm) at Queanbeyan Park.

These are just a sample of the events happening in NSW 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 - abc.net.au/open and a showreel of selected stories is online. For more information visit www.idpwd.com.au or call 1800 440 385. Media enquiries: Craig Wallace, National Coordinator of IDPwD on 0451 199 750