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NDS in WA celebrates International Day of People with Disability with a lunch event

photo of WA international day of people with disability lunch event

4/12/2018

NDS WA celebrated International Day of People with Disability by hosting 500 West Australians, including people with disability, the disability sector and representatives from government and the business community, at a sold-out lunch at Crown Perth. 

The theme, ‘Inclusive WA’, linked to the official United Nations theme ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’. Inclusive WA is the key focus of the NDS WA 2019-20 Pre-Budget Submission, highlighting the need for a State Disability Plan that enables a smooth and successful NDIS transition and supports people with disability to live the lives they want through the effective implementation of the National Disability Strategy. 

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 where no one is left behind.”

The event was emceed by Ben Cox and Geraldine Mellet and was officially opened by The Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment; Disability Services. It included a spotlight on inclusion and equality with Samantha Warne, from Directions Disability Support Services, and Fletcher Garrett sharing their children’s book "A Friend Like Mine".

Rachel Callander and Carrie Clark from Kalparrin explored strength-based approaches to disability through the Super Power Baby Project, an internationally celebrated book featuring striking photographic portraits of children with disability.

The event focused on employment for people with disability. Liam Dow-Hall, Administration Assistant at RAC, and Patrick Walker, Executive General Manager Advocacy and Members RAC, discussed Liam’s role and the mutual benefits it has brought. The event also included a Marketplace, showcasing a number of enterprises and micro-enterprises that provide sustainable and meaningful work for people with disability.

A highlight of the event was the performance of Baru by Ally and ‘I’m Ok With It’ by Lauren Marchbank. 

The event was proudly sponsored by Ability Centre, Department of Communities, Identitywa, MSWA, RAC and St Jude’s Disability Services. NDS in WA would like to thank them for their tremendous support. We also thank Lotterywest for supporting more than 175 people with disability and their companions to join in our celebrations.
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