Media Release by The Hon Jane Prentice MP

Register NOW to host an event for International Day of People with Disability

Registration is open for communities, schools, clubs and individuals to host an event to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day held each year on 3 December.

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice said the day is a celebration and recognition of the achievements and contributions of people with disability. The day is also about raising awareness of the issues experienced by people with disability and the importance of making our communities more inclusive.

“I encourage everyone to get involved and celebrate the outstanding contributions people with disability make to this country,” Mrs Prentice said.

“Think about how you and your community can come together to recognise people with disability, their families and carers on or around 3 December.

“It can be as simple as starting a conversation and raising awareness about disability issues in your community, or you can organise a local event to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

“However you choose to mark the day, it is important we all work together to remove the barriers experienced by the four million Australians with disability, so they can have the same access and opportunities to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential.”

Visit the IDPwD website for tools to help plan and promote your event, including event ideas, an event checklist and promotional material.

Once registered, your event will appear on the website for people to browse by state or territory, and you will have access to free merchandise to help promote your celebration.

All registered event organisers can receive a pack of promotional products, designed to help promote and celebrate individual events.

To get involved, visit the IDPwD website, call 1800 440 385 to register your event, or check the Community Calendar of Events for events in your area.

TTY users can phone 1800 555 677 and ask for 1800 440 385.