Date posted: 
2 December 2011


The top end is celebrating the UN International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) in style, with ten 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:

• Let's Break Down Some Barriers - NDS is inviting Territorians to come and celebrate the achievements of people with disability, experience interactive examples of life with a disability and learn about the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). From 10:00am - 2.00pm on 1 December 2011 at the Government Centre, First Street, Katherine.

• My Ability Sports Day - an inclusive sports session for people with a disability will be held on 2nd December 2011, 10:00am - 12:00pm at Alice Springs Basketball Stadium, Traeger Avenue.

• Barbeque with STEPS - Steps will be providing a free barbeque after the My Ability Sports day on 2 December 2011 from 12:00 noon - 2.00pm at Alice Springs Basketball Stadium, Traeger Avenue.

These are just a sample of the events happening in the NT 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 a 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