International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a UN-sanctioned day celebrated on December 3 every year.
The aim of the day is to “increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievement and contributions”.
The theme for this year is “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.”
At the Interchange annual general meeting last week, our guest speaker Renee, who has been vision impaired since birth, spoke about the difficulties she has had to overcome, in particular in relation to public perceptions.
Renee has fulfilled her dreams and aspirations as an adult to achieve success in downhill snow skiing, skiing intermediate and advanced level runs.
We are proud of the role we play to support our clients to achieve success in their lives. We assist clients by:
- improving daily living skills: at our Day Options Program, clients achieve success in a number of areas including cooking, day to day life skills including shopping and technology skills;
- developing work skills: at our Narellan campus our clients develop work skills by undertaking work experience at the cinema and at Lifeline;
- volunteering: in a range of industries including our own office, nursing homes, garden centres, florists, cafes;
- achieving part or full-time employment: at cafes and garden centres;
- achieving physical and sporting success: in a range of sports including swimming, bowling and a wide range of sports including participating in the Learn to Surf day; and
- developing numerous skills: by offering a range of programs including in drama, music and art
Interchange Australia hosts numerous events to celebrate our client’s achievements. Last week we showcased our artists at a Creative Creations Art Exhibition. Our drama group, The Stage Fright Players, and our band, The Hidden Wonders, both performed at our Christmas night.
Interchange Australia recognises all of our clients’ incredible contributions and congratulates them on their achievements!