Author: 
Sharon Daley, QCOSS
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International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.

It is a United Nations (UN) sanctioned day, celebrated internationally and aiming to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, as well as to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

IDPwD also seeks to increase awareness of the gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Each year the UN announces a theme to observe for International Day of People with Disability. The annual theme provides an overarching focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers for people with disability.

The theme for 2017 International Day of People with Disability is Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all. The overarching principle of this theme is to ‘leave no one behind’ and empowers people with disability to be active contributors of society. It is based on transformative changes envisaged in the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

This theme is apt for Australia as we are undertaking our own transformational change to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which will provide support for Australians with disability, their families and carers.

Under the NDIS it is envisioned that people with disability will be in control of their own lives and be able to make choices from their own best interests. 

The Australian Government has been supporting IDPwD since 1996 and provides funds to promote and raise awareness of the day around Australia.

Information on how individuals and organisations can get involved in the day and how to break down barriers (both structural and attitudinal) for people with disability can be found on the IDPwD website.

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