Alliance Community staff, ‘Support Stars’ and clients are celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) today in offices and homes across Australia.
IDPwD is a United Nations-sanctioned day celebrated globally each December, and aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people living with a disability, and to celebrate their many achievements and contributions to the community.
The theme for IDPwD 2018 is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,’ and Alliance Community says that it is proud to support this year’s message.
“This year’s theme proclaims empowerment, inclusiveness and equality for people experiencing disability, which are the core values that Alliance Community is driven by,” says Peter Hurkett, National Operations Manager.
“As disability and community support providers, each member of our national team is incredibly proud to be involved in any initiative that engages the wider public in a positive conversation around disability.”
“Seeing a celebration of the diverse and wonderful achievements of our clients, and anyone living with disability, is what motivates us to do what we do,” he said.
In Australia, the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 commits all governments to a nationwide approach aimed at improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers. The ten-year national framework focuses on better inclusion for people with disability and seeks to create a society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.
The Federal Government has supported a range of national programs and award schemes throughout 2018 in order to raise the profile of disability across Australia.
Events and projects held this year have included the National Awards for Disability Leadership, the ‘Focus on Ability’ Short Film Festival, the Festival of Wheelchair Rugby League, the Australian Powerchair Football Association (APFA) Powerchair Football Championships, and many more.