International Day of Disability (IDPwD) is a day to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. Read on to find what Mable is up to today for IDPwD!
Since 1996, the United Nations has been observing IDPwD as a day to promote the wellbeing of people with a disability, challenging common perceptions of disability, and educating others to normalise disability. This year, the theme for IDPwD is “Promoting the participation of people with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda” According to the United Nations, this theme focuses on the “empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development”.
This year’s patron for International Day of People with Disability is Kurt Fearnley, a paralympian who has won two Paralympic gold medals, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, and more than 40 marathons, including the New York, Chicago and London marathons. Kurt is also an Officer of the Order of Australia, and was recently named New South Wales Australian of the Year for 2019. For this year’s IDPwD, Kurt says “What I most want to achieve as this years’ patron is for people to use International Day of People with Disability as a launching pad for further action.”
Inclusive Language Guide
To assist in this aim by bringing about further awareness and driving inclusion and representation in the media of the almost 4.3 million people living with disability in Australia, Mable has produced an Inclusive Language Guide, based on the responses of over 100 Mable community members living with disability.
The results of this survey suggest that Australia still has a long way to go in terms of inclusiveness and representation, with 98% of those surveyed saying that they would like to see more representation of people with disability in Australian media, and only 5% of those surveyed believing that people with disability are well represented in news and media. The guide also features advice on language choices when communicating to, or about, people with disability. Click here to read our Inclusive Language Guide and access your free download.
In celebration of IDPwD, Mable are involved with a number of exciting community events around Australia. Some of the accessible events we are involved with includes a football gala day with Football NSW, a talent quest with Blacktown Council, and an inclusive short film festival in Sydney’s inner west. Mable are also delighted to have partnered with the NRL at the 2019 Victorian Sport and Recreation Festival, where we are running ball handling exercises for people with all abilities. Keep an eye on our social media channels later today, where we will be posting a selection of photos from our IDPwD events! To find out more about the events Mable are involved with this IDPWD, click here.
In 2019, the Australian Government is supporting a range of national programs and award schemes to celebrate International Day of People with Disability and raise the profile of disability in Australia. To see what other events are being run in celebration of IDPwD, check out the nationwide events on the official IDPwD website!
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