Date posted: 
2 December 2011


Tasmania is celebrating the UN International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) in style, with over 20 events 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 are being held in schools, churches, offices and communities around the country for IDPwD in 2011, including:

• A free Festival to celebrate IDPwD will be held by NDS Tasmania on 2 December from 10.00am - 4.00pm at Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens with fun and activities for all, as well as performances and a sausage sizzle.

• Tascare Society For Children will be holding a Freedom Wheels Family Bike Ride using modified bikes from the Freedom Wheels program to help highlight inclusive recreation. There will be a BBQ lunch and entertainment for the children from 11:00am - 2:00pm on 3 December 2011, at Wentworth Park, Hobart.

• A Family BBQ and fun day will be held by Northern Tasmania Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre and St Michael's Association on 2nd December 2011, 11:30am - 2:00pm at Launceston Football Club Rooms, Windsor Park, Riverside.

• Down Syndrome Tasmania's NWC BrightStars Dance Troupe will be performing at A Day at the Park with live bands, food stalls, jumping castle, performers and more from 12.30pm - 1.00pm on 3 December 2011 at Anzac Park, Ulverstone.

These are just a sample of the events happening in Tasmania 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 for IDPwD were 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