Day aims to create a world that includes everyone

IT BEGINS WITH INCLUSION: Have a coffee and a conversation to mark International Day of People with Disability.
IT BEGINS WITH INCLUSION: Have a coffee and a conversation to mark International Day of People with Disability.

For The Disability Trust, International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) on Thursday, December 3 is a significant day for awareness, understanding, recognition and importantly acceptance.

That is why they are so pleased to announce that they are hosting COVID-safe International Day of People with Disability celebrations on that day at their Miranda site in south-east Sydney.

Attendees will enjoy a day of co-ordinated games and lots of fun. The highlight is the Individual Treasure Hunt with exciting prizes for the winners. To find out more you can contact the Trust on 6147 6750.

The Disability Trust is embracing the theme of this year's celebrations which is: "Seeing the Ability in Disability". In line with that theme they are encouraging everyone to share with them their story or message by sending a video or photo of an ability of which they are proud.

You can share your stories in their online and social media campaign to help break down the stereotypes associated with disability. Send your story to

The Disability Trust has also partnered with local coffee shops and coffee vans to send a really important message to the community - "What can you do to help create an inclusive world?"

Keep an eye out for the local coffee shops in south-east and south-west Sydney who are participating in celebrating the day.

Each one will be proudly displaying posters to encourage the community to stay connected on Facebook and to learn more about the achievements of people with disabilities.

Any cafes and coffee vans that would like to be involved can contact 1300 347 224.

Simple Ideas can include making a connection through respectful communication. For example just "Hi" is a great start.

It is also important to see the person and focus on them, rather than their disability. There's no need to feel sorry. You can empathise but don't sympathise. If you have a business you could consider hiring a person with a disability. You can rest assured they are ambitious and want to work.

Finally, you can support your local organisation which is supporting people with disability in your community.