International Day of People with Disability

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Monday 3 December is International Day of People with a Disability and there are a number of ways that schools can get involved, with online resources available for teachers and students.

This year’s theme is: Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

The message is a great way to get people thinking about practical support for people living with disability, says Stephanie Gotlib, chief executive officer at Children and Young People with Disability Australia., a not-for-profit national body representing children and young people aged 0-25 with disability.

“Disability is just another aspect of diversity in our society,” Gotlib says. “By empowering people with disability and encouraging inclusiveness and equality, we can strengthen our communities.”

This has strong resonance in schools, she says. “By ensuring children with disability are given the best possible education and ensuring they are not segregated in classrooms and schoolyards our schools will be better, stronger places.”

Gotlib says that in the lead up to the event and on the day teachers and students could give thought to activities that might celebrate the talents of people with disability or consider events that promote inclusiveness and help to break down disability barriers.

“It might be asking children to create an artwork about what disability means to them, or it might be an activity that creates awareness in the wider community,” she says.

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally.