This year, International Day of People with Disability is rounding up a diverse and eventful twelve months for the Australian disability community. In 2018, we’ve seen the Invictus Games celebrate the sportsmanship of ex-servicemen and women across the globe, national discussions about the NDIS and we’ve also seen advocates like Dylan Alcott and Kurt Fearnley bring awareness to the diversity of people living with a disability.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is an annual international day of awareness occurring on December 3. Since 1996, the United Nations has been observing the wellbeing of people living with a disability, challenging the perception of disability and educating others to help normalise disability.
This International Day of People with Disability, we’re bringing attention to the prevalence of disability amongst Australians in accordance with this year’s theme: “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
According to the Australian Network on Disability, over 4 million Australians are living with some form of disability – that’s 1 in 5 people:
- 18.6 percent of all people with disability in Australia are females, while 18 percent are males,
- 35 percent of Australia’s households include a person with a disability,
- 45 percent of Australians aged 16-85 years will experience a mental health condition during their lifetime,
- while discrimination against disability accounts for the highest volume of complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, Sarah Henderson is this year rallying nationwide communities to play a part in International Day of People with Disability.
“We all have a role to play to ensure people with disability have the same opportunities to reach their full potential – we already have over 300 public events registered nationally.”
The International Day of People with Disability is part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is designed to ensure we “leave no one behind”.
As a growing online community that enables individuals to connect with care and support that suits them, Mable hopes to be a frontrunner in allowing people with disability choice and control and a platform that leaves no-one behind. The Mable Team are currently working towards becoming a recognisable source of support and connection for all Australians.
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