International Day of People with Disability 2022

28 November 2022

International Day of People with Disability 2022

Join CoAct in celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on Saturday 3rd December 2022.

IDPwD aims to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. It’s a day to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

What is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)?

IDPwD was established in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly to promote awareness of disability issues and the abilities of people with disability. It is celebrated worldwide on 3 December each year.

The day is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people with disability and aims to promote an understanding of disability issues, and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disability, by engaging disability organisations, people with disability, businesses, governments and communities in a range of activities.

Why is it important?

IDPwD is an opportunity for us to make positive changes to the lives of the 4.4 million Australians with disability. Not all disabilities are visible. It is estimated that 90% of disabilities in Australia are invisible! So, help us spread the word, raise awareness and celebrate this important day.

How can schools get involved in IDPwD?

Getting your school involved in IDPwD is easy! Classroom resources include curriculum-aligned lesson ideas, activity sheets and fact sheets to help educate students about disability and the contribution people with disability make to our community. Download the school kit for teachers here.

Alternatively, you can hold an event in your classroom, school or community for International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). View the school event information kit here.

How can workplaces get involved in IDPwD?

Get together with your colleagues and hold an event on or around 3 December to celebrate International Day of People with Disability in your workplace. Download your workplace information kit here.

How can communities get involved in IDPwD?

Get together with family and friends, sporting clubs, local community groups and hold an event on or around 3 December. Download your Community information kit here.

Where to get more information on IDPwD

The IDPwD website provides background information on IDPwD and support resources for planning IDPwD events, as well as information on frequently asked questions and useful links on disability information.

What IDPwD events can you attend?

If you would like to attend an event in-person or online check out the community event calendar for events you can attend in your area. Some highlight events include:

Building a Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture Webinar
Fri., 2 December 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm AEDT
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Fri., 2 December 2022, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm AEST
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Help spread the word on socials!

Social media is a great way to raise awareness and show your support for International Day of People with Disability. The IDPwD event organisers encourage you to share your event and messages of inclusion and diversity on your social media platforms using the hashtag #IDPwD.

Be sure to follow and tag @idpwd on Facebook and Twitter, and @idpwd_au on Instagram.

Get more resources

In the coming days there will be facts sheets, real stories and and videos added to the official IDPwD website. We hope you enjoy this important day!

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