Date posted: 
2 December 2011


South Australia is celebrating the UN International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) in style, with over 40 celebrations happening around the State 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 being held in schools, churches, offices and communities around the country for IDPwD in 2011, including:

• The City of Playford is holding a Celebration of Ability called 'BEAUTIFUL on the inside and outside' presented by participants of the 'Friends of Social Inclusion Program' with a photo exhibition, fashion show, 2 course dinner and entertainment from 5:30pm - 10:00pm on 3rd December 2011 at Civic Centre.

• A Photographic Exhibition by Deaf Children will be held at the Department of Education & Children's Services (DECS) Gallery - 31 Flinders Street Adelaide on the 6th December 2011 at 4:30pm. The event will be opened by Sofya Gollan. Sofya is a Deaf Artist, Film Maker and presenter of TV ABC's PlaySchool Program.

• The Adelaide Hills Council Mayors Awards will celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions that individuals with disability make to our community, and recognise individuals within our community who have contributed to the disability sector from 3:00pm - 4:30pm on 2nd December 2011 at the Coventry Library.

These are just a sample of the events happening in SA 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