Inclusion matters

| November 17, 2015
International Day of People with Disability logo

The 3rd of December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). It aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

The theme for 2015 is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”. This year’s patron is Mr John Walsh AM. Mr Walsh has lived with quadriplegia since being injured playing rugby league at university. He has been one of the people that have been instrumental in making the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) a reality.

16 Australian landmarks will light up orange and blue for International Day of People with Disability. Sydney Town Hall, Telstra Tower in Canberra and the Hobart City Roundabout are just some of the structures that will be illuminated. Seven Australian states and territories will be taking part in Lights Up to shine a spotlight on the importance of inclusion.

People are encouraged to take photos of their local landmarks when they light up and to share them on social media with the #idpwd hashtag.

For more information about events on the day, please follow this link.