VICTORIA CELEBRATES DISABILITY DAY

Date posted: 
2 December 2011

VICTORIA CELEBRATES DISABILITY DAY Victoria is celebrating the UN International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) in style, with over 200 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:

• The people of Melbourne will come together to celebrate the renewal of Victoria Park from 12 pm - 6 pm on Sunday 4 December 2011 with an exciting and diverse program of artistic and cultural activities. Includes sporting displays, performances by artists with a disability and a range of cultural displays.

• The Melbourne Zoo is hosting a major celebration by providing visitors with the IDPwD ribbon on 3 December at Elliot Avenue, Parkville. • The South Coast Alliance will celebrate on Saturday 3 December by holding a Beach Festival across a number of sites along the Inverloch foreshore. The day will involve come and try activities accessible to people of all abilities including Surfing, Kite Flying, Sand Castle Sculpting, Rock Pooling, Snorkelling, Fishing, Windsurfing, Sailability and Kayaking.

• Frankston City Council in collaboration with Leisure Link Up is holding a "Come and Try" Extravaganza from 10.00am - 2.00pm on 2 December 2011 at Frankston Basketball Stadium (90 Bardia Ave, Seaford)

These are just a sample of the events happening in Victoria 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