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A Celebration of Diversity, Inclusion and Acceptance

By August 28, 2018 No Comments

International Day of People with Disabilities – IDPWD is celebrated on the 3rd December every year.  As part of the United Nation’s new Social Development Goals agenda (IMPACT2030), Volunteering Services Australia has been appointed to promote the celebration of IDPWD across Australia.

 With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), this is an exciting time for people living with a disability in this country, and is equally exciting for all involved in the social services sector.

The objective for the campaign is to raise awareness of IDPWD within local communities, workplaces and schools, whereby kits are available to all. The kits include IDPWD shirts and braille wrist bands, an IDPWD branded canvas banner and balloons, online co-branded collateral for use with logos, email signatures, web banners, social media banners and print posters and banners.

The celebration of diversity, inclusion and acceptance of all abilities should be acknowledged by all. Especially key influencing bodies such as schools, corporate’s and community leaders, ensuring we are all strong advocates and understand the social value of all people – regardless of their abilities or disabilities.

Proceeds from the sale of kits are used to fund the IDPWD Social Enterprise Grants Program.  This Program is a partnership initiative under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals agenda and is designed to address the following UN deliverables:

  1. By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average.
  2. By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

The Fund financially supports new or emerging social enterprises, co-operatives or microbusinesses which exist to support the economic or financial empowerment of people living with a disability, and employ >50% of people living with a disability, and/ or owned by or with people living with a disability.

As part of IDPWD’s partnership with the UN, annual social outcome and impact Indicator Reports for each social enterprise, co-operative or microbusiness supported will be lodged to the UN Secretariat and published by the UN.

Media Contact Nicole Smith p: 07 5526 0688 m: 0439 929 655