International Day of People with Disability lunch showcases great achievements
NDS celebrated International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) by proudly hosting 500 West Australians - including people with disability, the disability sector and representatives from government and the business community - at a sold out lunch on Friday at Crown Perth.
The lunch followed this year’s United Nations theme for IDPwD, ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’.
Dylan Alcott, the Australian Patron for International Day of People with Disability, delivered a powerful video message highlighting the overarching principle of this theme - to “leave no one behind”, and empowering people with disability to be active contributors of society.
NDS WA State Manager Julie Waylen said, “NDS in WA is honoured to host this important event in celebration of International Day of People with Disability. This day, sanctioned by the United Nations, has a strong focus on promoting inclusion and accessibility and helping realise the full and equal participation of people with disability in our community.”
The Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Disability Services, provided the opening address and announced five WA Public Sector Traineeships for people with disability and an Employment Roundtable.
The event was emceed by Julia Hales and Geraldine Mellet and showcased the importance of increasing employment opportunities for people with disability through customised employment approaches such as micro-enterprises and job-carving.
Deb Flintoff from Perth based micro-enterprise The Really Useful Recyclers shared the origins of their business - inspired by Pixar’s Wall-E, the recycling robot, and Thomas the Tank Engine, the really useful engine - to creating recycled art sourced from the local community and transforming themselves into a sustainable business model.
Guest speakers Sophie and Geraldine Maddrell from Sophie’s Sox, Philip Kalimeris from Local Cleaning and Gardening Services, and Janine Muir from Inclusion WA, discussed their individual pathways to employment and successes in a customised employment panel session.
Jos Franciscus and Danielle Loizou-Lake shared their experiences of acquired disability and gave the audience insight into assistive technology using the principles of co-design, which they are exploring in their new project AT Chat.
Entertainment was provided throughout the event by Andrew Fairbairn and his ensemble Café Jazz.
The NDS WA Lunch in celebration of International Day of People with Disability was proudly sponsored by the Ability Centre, the Department of Communities, Disability Services, Identitywa, RAC, Senses Australia, and St Jude’s Disability Services. NDS would like to thank these supporters for their tremendous support. We also thank Lotterywest for supporting 150 people with disability and their companions to join the celebrations.