Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

30 November, 2015Posted in: Community, Events
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In recognition of International Day of People with Disability, Wingecarribee Shire Council will be launching a local publication on Wednesday 2 December entitled ‘Missed Business’.

Council’s Ageing and Disability Officer Nicola Robson explained the purpose of the 28-page booklet.

“International Day of People with Disability is all about raising the awareness of disability issues and how we can all contribute to a more inclusive community,” Ms Robson said.

“It’s also an opportunity to recognise the contribution that people with disabilities make to our community and celebrate their wonderful achievements.

“This booklet in particular discusses how local shopkeepers can make their premises and services more accessible for everyone.”

Missed Business discusses how business owners can assist numerous groups with access including older people, parents of young children, people making deliveries, people who may be blind or deaf and people with a disability.

“The booklet also explains that improving access doesn’t have to be expensive,” Ms Robson added.  “Small changes to access and staff training can make a huge difference to the attractiveness of your shop front for people with a disability.”

Staff from Council’s Access Committee will be on hand in Bowral’s Corbett Plaza on Wednesday 2 December between 10am and 2pm distributing the publication.

“International Day of People with Disability is a fabulous opportunity for the community to make positive changes to the lives of up to four million Australians,” Ms Robson said.

“It’s a wonderful chance for all of us to continue to break down barriers and open doors for everyone.”

The international theme for this year’s celebrations is, ‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities’.

International Day of People with a Disability (IDPWD) is officially marked on Thursday 3 December with events held around the globe.

To obtain a copy of the Missed Business booklet of for more information about IDPWD email Council at nicola.robson@wsc.nsw.gov.au or phone 4868 0801.