Date posted: 
2 December 2011


Western Australia is celebrating the UN International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) in style, with over 50 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:

• On the 3rd December from 12-4pm McCallum Park will be transformed into a hive of community activity celebrating the abilities of people with disabilities at a recreational, sport and arts festival.

• The City of Mandurah will be conducting the Fun on the Foreshore Festival on the 2nd of December 2011 to celebrate Disability Awareness Week in WA and International Day

• The Shire of Denmark will celebrate through an event at the Denmark Civic Centre featuring a display of work by Denmark artists with a disability and guest speakers at Denmark Civic Centre from 9.00am - 12 noon on Saturday 3 December.

• Rockingham Foreshore will come alive with a Beach BBQ on1st December 2011, 11:00am - 2:00pm with Zumba, Face painting, Musicians, Integrated Football display, Showcase of community activities available for people with disability.

These are just a sample of the events happening in WA 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