Celebrating International Day of People with a Disability

Samaritans CEO

This week I look forward to celebrating International Day of People with a Disability on December 3.  On this day, sanctioned by the United Nations, we come together to honour the achievements of people with a disability and recognise their important contribution to our community.

The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘achieving 17 goals for the future we want’ stemming from the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  It’s an opportunity to reflect on how we can establish more inclusive practices for people with a disability and promote the removal of all types of barriers that prevent an equitable world.

The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been a step in the right direction in finally providing people with a disability with voice and control to choose their own supports.  The new framework of disability support delivery recognises the importance of individually tailored support.  Soon to be gone are the days when people with a disability are shunned from society in large residential institutions.  People with a disability are finally free to enjoy their right to choose where they would like to live and participate in community life.  Of course there are some kinks that still need to be ironed out as the NDIS rolls out across Australia – but this year we can truly celebrate International Day of People with a Disability knowing individuals are being supported to achieve their goals and live life the way they choose to.

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