Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

20 November, 2014Posted in: Community, Events

To celebrate International Day of People with Disability, Wingecarribee Shire Council is hosting a week-long program of events aimed at raising awareness of people with disabilities and the need for greater inclusion.

The program of events starts with a Community Conversation on Wednesday the 26 and Thursday 27 November.  This two-day event will run from 10am to 3pm at the Mittagong Marketplace followed by the opening of the International Day of People with Disability Photo Exhibition at Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre Foyer Gallery on Monday 1 December.

The Exhibition will feature entries from the ‘Everyone Belongs’ photo competition, with winning entrants announced in the Foyer Gallery on Tuesday 2 December.

On Wednesday 3 December Disability Services Australia will host an Ability Walk and sausage sizzle at Lake Alexandra between 10am and 2pm.

The final event in the program will involve a presentation by three time Paralympic gold medalist Kurt Fearnley from 6.30pm on Wednesday 3 December at Centennial Vineyard.  The talk is being presented by the Centennial Vineyard Supper Club with tickets available in advance from the Bookshop Bowral.

Council’s Acting Ageing and Disability Officer, Eliza Hazlett spoke of the variety of events.

“International Day of People with Disability provides a great opportunity to raise awareness of disability issues and how we can all contribute to a more inclusive community,” Ms Hazlett said.

“People without disabilities can sometimes take simple things – like access to public services – for granted,” Ms Hazlett said.

“This week-long program of events helps to draw attention to issues faced by those with a disability including how we can improve facilities, make our services more user-friendly and in the process be more accepting.

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

For more information on any of the International Day of People with Disability events, contact Council’s Ageing and Disability Officer on phone 4868 0866.