Local Activities Mark International Day of People with Disability
Friday, 27 November 2009
Held on 3 December each year, International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that promotes inclusion and highlights the contributions people with disability make to their communities on a local, national and international level.
According Council's Director of Community and Cultural Development, Lesley Atkinson the day brings together people with disability and the general community.
"The aim of creating a particular day to honour people with disability is to showcase the skills, abilities, contributions and achievements of people with disability and to promote a positive image of people with disability," said Ms Atkinson.
To acknowledge the day Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will be screening 'Be my brother', the winner of the 2009 Tropfest Short Film Festival.
An Art & Photography Exhibition by people with a disability has been organised by NewIDAFE with the support of Council. The film and exhibition will run during library hours from Wednesday 2 December to Saturday 5 December at Port Macquarie-Hastings Library.
On Thursday 3 December, which is 'International Day of People with a Disability' a morning tea will be held from 11am - 12pm at the Port Macquarie-Hastings library.
In encouraging local people to participate in the events Council's Director of Community and Cultural Development, Lesley Atkinson said, "International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the remarkable achievements of Australians with disability across so many sectors. By participating in the events throughout the week people will come away with a greater understanding and appreciation of the abilities of people with a disability".