Local communities throughout the state celebrated the importance of inclusion last month at a host of 2017 Disability Awareness Week events funded by the Department of Communities.
Image caption: Wongan Hills Therapy Group celebrated the grand opening of their new therapy centre with their clients and community members. They also officially launched the Tiny Seeds resource library – the Wheatbelt’s only dedicated library with equipment and assistive technology for families of children with disability.
Community organisations and local governments were able to apply for grants of up to $1,000 to coordinate accessible events during the week (3-9 December) if they could demonstrate how it would help encourage West Australians to celebrate the achievements of people with disability and recognise the importance of an accessible and inclusive society.
Twenty-eight successful grant recipients held an assortment of events (some pictured below), including art exhibitions and performances, inclusive sports and recreational games, interactive displays, as well as dining and disco experiences. One grant recipient also launched a short film to further help break down barriers in their community.
Department of Communities Assistant Director General, Disability Services, Marion Hailes-MacDonald said it was excellent that people from all over the state had taken part in the celebrations.
“It was great to see everyone get together to recognise the influence people with disability have in enriching their communities,” she said.
“The diverse events made a huge impact. The Disability Services Local Coordination offices also contributed to the success of the events by promoting the campaign.”
The 2017 Disability Awareness Week coincided with the United Nations-sanctioned International Day of People with Disability which falls on 3 December every year. For further information about the day, visit the International Day of People with Disability website.
Image caption: Therapy Focus held free art workshops at their new clinic in Margret River, led by local artist Stan Meagher. Stan also worked with community members to create an artwork for the building.
Image caption: A ‘Dining in the Dark’ experience was hosted by EPIC at a local restaurant in Karratha. Guests were blindfolded during their meal to demonstrate how other senses are heightened when sight is removed.
Image caption: Future Living organised a morning tea and a game of croquet at the Cambridge Croquet Club for their clients with disability and all members of the community.
Image caption: A Human Library was coordinated by Activ in Rockingham, with the concept that “people are the books and reading is a conversation”. Community members were invited to chat to people with disability about their individual experiences.
Shire of Katanning WA: Ask Me 'Disability Awareness Week 2017'
Video caption: The Shire of Katanning launched a short film featuring community members with disability sharing their stories and answering frequently asked questions, to help break down barriers.