4 Dec

Removing barriers to create acceptance

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) was recognised on 3rd Dec, which this year was about promoting community awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities. In this article, we explore what you can do to create and influence positive change in Australia.

About International Day of People with Disability

IDPwD is a United Nations (UN) day observed internationally. In Australia, IDPwD is a joint effort between government, schools, organisations, community groups, businesses and individuals. IDPwD is an opportunity to be part of creating an inclusive and diverse community for the 4.4 million Australians with disability.

Find out more on the International Day of People with Disability website. In the spirit of this year’s theme, let’s work together to achieve this in Australia.

What you can do as someone without a disability

  • Educate yourself on the impact of different disabilities and the challenges that people with disabilities face in their daily lives.
  • Be aware of the language you use and the assumptions you make. Avoid labels and generalisations.
  • Connect with people with disabilities and learn from their experiences and perspectives.
  • Work to remove bias you may hold about people with disabilities (either at work or personally).
  • Consider if your plans with large groups have accessible environments.
  • Support equal rights for people with disabilities by helping organisations and campaigns advocating for positive change.

What you can do as someone with a disability

  • Share your journey living with disability to teach others and help them understand.
  • Call out behaviours that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Work with organisations that are advocating for your rights.
  • Find ways you can support causes that are fighting for positive change (i.e. consider being an ambassador or sign legitimate petitions calling for change).
  • Write to your local MP to discuss issues in your community that make you feel disadvantaged.