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International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) is a United Nations sanctioned day held each year on 3 December. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, and celebrate their contributions and achievements.

One in five people, or 4.3 million Australians, have a disability. By coming together to celebrate this day, we can help break down the barriers for these people and contribute to positive change in our community.

We all have a role to play in ensuring people with disability have the same opportunities as others to reach their full potential. By talking about disability, you can challenge perceptions, educate others and normalise disability in everyday life.

The theme for this year’s celebration is "empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". 

The best way to celebrate IDPwD is to hold an event – organise a lunch and invite a person with disability to share their experiences, or arrange a fundraiser to raise money for a charity that supports people with disability.

You can also show your support by writing a newsletter article or sending an opinion piece to your local newspaper.

Visit the IDPwD website for more ways to make a difference.