Shayna Gavin, Splash Principal Physiotherapist
International day of people with disability
We're proud to celebrate today
The International Day of People with a Disability is sanctioned by the United Nations that aiming to "promote an understanding of people with disability, and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well being".
There's many ways you can get involved.
Participate in an event. There's plenty in Victoria. Here's a few we spotted:
The Other Film Festival at Federation Square
The Lego movie at Queens Park, Moonee Ponds: the story of an unlikely hero and his epic journey to save the Lego universe, 12 December 2014 – 7pm to 11pm
Creative HeARTS at the Coburg Town Hall, Nov 17 – Dec 12: Art exhibition promoting positive awareness on disability and multiculturalism by Lesley & Patrick Francis – Absolutely Awetistic Arts.
Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards (MIRA) recognising individuals, clubs, groups, businesses and not-for-profit organisations that have contributed to improving the quality of life of people with disability, 5 December 2014 – 10.30am to 12.30pm
Disability Sport and Recreation Festival at Federation Square 3 December 10am – 3pm
Big Sing for people of all abilities at Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne CBD, Wednesday 3rd December 2014 – 12pm-2pm
Get on to the promotional products and merchandise
Have a look at their resources for businesses
Have a read about some of the people recognised with awards this year :
Rebecca Ho won the "Improving inclusive and accessible communities award" for her work in "creating inclusive play spaces across Australia, giving children living with disability the opportunity to play, participate in their community, and build relationships, thereby creating more inclusive communities".
The Everyone Everyday Project Team won the "Improving education outcomes award" for developing and launching the Everyone Everyday Disability Awareness Program. It is a "comprehensive teaching resource for mainstream primary schools that promotes the concept of inclusion. The program equips all students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take personal and collective action to enhance the inclusion of people with disability, especially children, in everyday life".
The Stirling Community Early Learning Centre also won the "Improving education outcomes award" for leading by example to "model best practice across early childhood and school education in terms of inclusion. The centre has a standard practice of including children with disability in every activity without question or stigma".
Jordanna Smith won the "Emerging leaders in disability award" for her contributions, in a number of paid and voluntary positions, "that support her efforts to achieve equality for people with disability, particularly for the deaf community" as a person with lived experience of disability.
Here's the remainder of the award recipients for this year. Congratulations!