INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY

International Day of People with a Disability

3 December 2008

The Member for Lismore, Thomas George, and the Liberals Nationals Shadow Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance MP, have congratulated those people with a disability, their carers and families who have joined together to celebrate International Day of People with a Disability, which is held on December 3 each year.

“International Day of People with a Disability is celebrated worldwide in order to highlight the efforts and contributions that people with disability have made in creating a more inclusive and stronger society,” Mr Constance said.

“This week, hundreds of events will be held across NSW to recognise the achievements of people with a disability and to raise awareness of the significant contribution that people who live with disabilities make to NSW,” Mr Constance said.

“The aim of International Day of People with a Disability is to showcase the skills, abilities and achievements of people with disability while involving the broader community in activities that raise awareness about the ongoing challenges facing people with a disability in our local community,” Mr Constance said.

Thomas George applauded the contribution made by people with a disability on the Northern Rivers.

Multitask Human Resource Foundation Pty Ltd is holding “A showcase of ability”. This is a full day of events. A film launch “A Variety of Murders” and a CD launch “the Soundbeam Sessions” (as heard on Triple J) will be incorporated including an electronic music workshop, an art exhibition and live performances by Red Inc Signing Choir, Bush Dancing with “Thrill Billy Stomp”, an Open Mic section and other performances by local artists and groups from the Lismore Community. Details: Wednesday 3 December at Multitask,St Anne’s Hall, 296 Molesworth Street LISMORE, Time: 10.30 to 2 pm. Cost: FREE.

Access All Areas (AAA) Film Festival – the 1st fully accessible travelling film festival in NSW. Details: Friday 7 & Saturday 8 November, Birch, Carrol & Coyle. Cost: FREE for people with a disabilty and their carers.

Lismore’s Living Library - read and talk to 15 “living books” in one-on0one conversations about their lives, including John Jessup’s A Vision Splendid. Details: Friday 5 December 2008, Lismore City Library. Cost: FREE

“Today is also an opportunity for the community and government to reflect on what can be done to improve the lives of people with a disability, their carers and families,” Mr Constance said.

“Governments must work more collaboratively to formulate effective policies and programmes that will transform the provision of services in order to enable people with disabilities to have greater say, greater flexibility and choice in their day-to-day lives,” Mr Constance said.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577