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Celebrating International Day of People with Disability 2017 – what’s on around the country

This year’s International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on 3 December is being marked by a host of exciting community events around the country. Here are just a few.

The Unfinished Business exhibition in Canberra tells the story of 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. It runs from 30 November 2017 to 20 January 2018. And Belconnen Arts Centre is running the DETONATE program over the weekend of 1-3 December, with live performances in music, spoken word and dance, as well as hands-on activities, presented by local artists with a disability.

There are more than a hundred events around Sydney and across New South Wales. We really like the look of the Party at the Powerhouse in Casula on 4 December, a costume-making workshop followed by a live DJ’d dance party! In fact, dance parties seem to be the thing, with dancing in Wagga Wagga and Tamworth too.

In Brisbane, Durack State School in Inala is running a fun day for children with a disability – with rides, face painting, a free sausage sizzle, and more. There’s also a sensory cinema day in Ispwich and fun with Albatross Nippers on 3 December.

In Melbourne, advocacy organisation Reinforce will be hosting a photographic exhibition Melbourne Through the Eyes of a Friend on 29 November, and screening a new film called ‘From Invisibility to Inclusion’. The City of Port Phillip will be hosting a special event with St Kilda Lifesaving Club on Saturday 2 December to celebrate the launch of new beach access matting and beach wheelchairs to provide better access to the shoreline.

In Adelaide, Celebrate on the Square is running on 1 December, highlighting the achievements and contributions of people living with disability and showcase the different support services available. Keep up to date on the IDPWDSA Facebook page. Or you could join the Disability Pride Parade, meeting at Parliament House.

National Disability Services WA will be hosting a lunch event at the Crown Plaza in Perth on 1 December, celebrating the achievements of Western Australians with a disability. Almost 500 people are expected to attend. We’re also really interested in the Human Library which will be running in Rockingham on the same day, an interactive event to break down barriers. Pick a book for the morning, except that your book is a conversation!

There are a number of events taking place around the Northern Territory. In Palmerston, you can drop in for some wheelchair basketball on Thursday 30 December and meet a special guest from the National Wheelchair Basketball League. In Yarrawonga, Ausdesigns and Helping People Achieve are hosting a free morning tea on Monday 4 December.

In Tasmania, the City of Launceston will be running a community BBQ in the park on 1 December, with a FREE breakfast of bacon and eggs provided. Speak Out Burnie is hosting an outdoor cinema event on 8 December showcasing the 2017 Shorts Program in Burnie Park, Parklands. Free sausage sizzle and movie!

Finally, if you’re near any AMF Bowling Centre across Australia, there will be free bowling for people with a disability and their carers, from 10am to 3pm on Friday 1 December.

More information on what’s taking place near you can be found on the IDPWD events page.

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