INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY 2012
Senator Mitch Fifield today welcomed International Day of People with Disability.
2012 marks the 20 year anniversary of the United Nations International Day of People with Disability. It is celebrated globally on the 3rd of December every year.
“2012 has been a landmark year for people with disability in Australia,” Senator Fifield said.
“The tireless work of advocates and people with disability in bringing a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to the fore of Australian politics is a testament to their dedication and hard work.”
International Day of People with Disability aims to promote understanding of the challenges faced by people with disability, and to highlight the importance of supporting people with disability to live an independent and dignified life.
Senator Fifield is in Sydney today to attend the National Disability Services (NDS) CEO Meeting with the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott.
“I was delighted to attend the NDS CEO Meeting today to hear Tony Abbott talk about the Coalition’s commitment to people with disability and the NDIS,” Senator Fifield said.
“International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity for Australians to acknowledge the contribution of people with disability to the nation.”
Senator Fifield also took the opportunity today with Phillip Ruddock and John Alexander to visit Studio Artes, an organisation that offers creative and vocational programs for people with disability in Sydney.
“The services, advocacy and opportunities Studio Artes provide to people with disability is part of making Australia a more inclusive place,” Senator Fifield said.
“I look forward to continue working with disability organisations, people with disability and their families and carers in 2013.
For more information on International Day of People with Disability, or to find events in your local area, visit www.idpwd.com.au.