30 November 2018
International Day of People with Disability – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day celebrated on Monday 3 December 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.”
Last night at the Interchange Australia Annual General Meeting, our guest speaker Renee who has been vision impaired since birth spoke about the difficulties she has had to overcome in particular 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.
At Interchange Australia, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability and the services we provide are designed to enhance independence, health and wellbeing. To celebrate this year’s International Day of People with Disability 2018, Interchange Australia’s band, The Hidden Wonders, have been invited to perform at DSA’s ‘A Day in the Park’ event at Lake Alexandra in Mittagong for the second consecutive year.
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 wide range of exciting programs including in drama, music, cooking and art
Interchange Australia hosts numerous events to celebrate our client’s achievements. This week we showcased our artists at a Creative Creations Art Exhibition and tonight we will host our Christmas Night with performances by our talented actors in our drama group The Stage Fright Players and our talented musicians in our band The Hidden Wonders. Interchange Australia recognises all of our clients’ incredible contributions and congratulates them on their achievements!
For more information about the wide range of exciting, engaging and empowering services Interchange Australia offers, please call one of our friendly consultants on 1300 112 334.
*https://www.idpwd.com.au/ International Day of People with Disability