International Day of People With Disability a day worth celebrating

Get skilled: The Disability Trust is partnering with local cafes to promote International Day of People with Disability and the campaign Remove the Barrier.

Get skilled: The Disability Trust is partnering with local cafes to promote International Day of People with Disability and the campaign Remove the Barrier.

For people living with a disability and The Disability Trust, December 3 - International Day of People With Disability (IDPWD), is an important day for awareness, understanding, recognition and acceptance.

The Disability Trust is again joining forces with local regions and communities in celebration of this important day. This year, The Disability Trust will be focusing on the theme 'Remove the Barrier' in support of Australian Paralympic gold medallist and disability advocate, Dylan Alcott OAM.

The Dylan Alcott Foundation's mission is to change perceptions and eliminate stigma about disability in mainstream employment. With over four million Australians having a form of disability and much higher rates of unemployment rates, the Trust is proud to be supporting the Remove the Barrier campaign.

The Disability Trust is calling on support from local businesses to provide more employment placement opportunities for people with disabilities. Continuing from last year's successful coffee campaign, The Disability Trust will collaborate with local cafes across the Far South Coast and Cooma to promote International Day of People with Disability and the campaign 'Remove the Barrier'.

Changing perceptions: Australian Paralympic gold medallist, Dylan Alcott wants to eliminate the stigma about disability in mainstream employment.

Changing perceptions: Australian Paralympic gold medallist, Dylan Alcott wants to eliminate the stigma about disability in mainstream employment.

Simple steps from Get Skilled Access include:

  • See the person - focus on the person, not their disability
  • All jobs can be worked flexibly and adjusted for a person with a disability
  • Hire a person with a disability - they are ambitious and want to work
  • Support businesses who are employing people with disability in your community

For more information contact The Disability Trust on 1300 347 224 or go to workability.net.au or getskilledaccess.com.au.

On Tuesday, December 3, The Disability Trust in the Bega Valley will be hosting its annual Ability Day Awards at Club Bega, starting at 4.30pm. This will be a celebration of achievements of people with disability connected with The Disability Trust and an opportunity to acknowledge the supportive community.

In the Bega Valley, The Disability Trust is also a key partner involved in organisation of this year's signature event to celebrate International Day of People With Disability. After consulting with people with a disability, the lead event is a Community Cricket Challenge to be held on Friday, December 6, starting at 4pm. It will be based on 'Kwik Cricket' rules, where teams of two are matched by skill and experience to try to get the highest run count within two overs.

Anyone can play and inclusive teams are encouraged to join in. The event will feature music and food to create a great opportunity for an inclusive celebration.

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