International Day of People with Disabilities – IDPWD is celebrated on the 3rd December every year. The United Nation’s Social Development Goals agenda (IMPACT2030) and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) makes this is an exciting time for people living with a disability in this country, and an opportune time for NDIS Providers and people involved in the social services sector to promote and celebrate IDPWD.
The celebration of diversity, inclusion and acceptance of all abilities should be acknowledged by all – especially key influencing bodies such as NDIS Providers, schools, corporates and community leaders, to ensure that we are all strong advocates and that we understand the social value of all people – regardless of their abilities or disabilities.
The objective of the campaign is to raise awareness of IDPWD within local communities, and to support workplaces, schools and community groups to use promotional kits to celebrate the day and demonstrate that they support the message that “Inclusion is for Everybody”. 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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