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 a COVID-safe International Day of People with Disability celebration barbecue on that day at their office at 4 Albert Street, Mittagong from noon to 2pm.
If you wish to attend you can call 4860 1100 to reserve your place and find out some more details.
The Disability Trust is embracing the theme of this year's celebrations which is: "Seeing the Ability in Disability".
In line with that 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 details to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 your region that will be 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 cafés and coffee vans that would like to be involved can contact 4860 1100.
To mark International Day of People with Disability here are some simple ideas that can help everyone to make a connection through respectful communication.
For example just saying "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: 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.