Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

The day provides a chance to shine a light on the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

- Colleen Furlanetto, Chair, Victorian Disability Advisory Council

International Day of People with Disability on 3 December is a day to break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities.

It’s an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions made by people with disability right around the world, including more than one million Victorians.

This year’s theme is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’. The overarching principle of this theme is to ‘leave no one behind’ and empowers people with disability to be active contributors of society.

Colleen Furlanetto, Chair of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, sees the day as an opportunity to build the public’s awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability.

“The day provides a chance to shine a light on the achievements and contributions of people with disability,” she says.

Colleen believes that through the work of the council and Absolutely everyone: state disability plan 2017-2020, the Victorian State Government has made a clear commitment to improve access and equity for people with disability. 

“We have come a long way but there is much more to be done towards ensuring continuous improvements for people with a disability in having full equality, inclusion and participation in society as active and valued individuals.”

Tessa in  Gippsland works as an administration officer at Latrobe Community Health Service, one of the NDIS’ local area coordinators. When asked what her thoughts were about the day, initially she admitted that she didn't realise that International Day of People with Disability was on 3 December.

“I try not to think of myself as different or focus on my disability,” she says.

For Tessa, when she reflected about the day, she said it’s about equality. She says “it's really nice to be seen as equal as unfortunately often we're put in a different category.”

These sentiments are shared by Ian, from self-advocacy group Rainbow Rights and Advocacy.

"If you have a disability or are gay or bi or anything like that, we want people to treat us fairly,” he says.

 

More information

You can find out more about the international day and events that are taking place on the International Day of People with Disability website.