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International Day of People with Disability - Saturday 3 December 2016

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28 November 2016

Saturday 3 December 2016 is International Day of People with Disability.

This is a great chance to reflect on what it means to live each day in a world with many barriers and restrictions for people with disability. Also, to look for ways to celebrate achievements and abilities.

The United Nations’ International Day of People with Disability started in 1992. This year’s theme - Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want - reflects how the UN’s 17 Sustainable Developments Goals can create a more inclusive and equitable world for people with disabilities. The annual theme provides context to consider society’s exclusion of people with disability, by promoting the removal of all barriers including physical environment, information and communications technology and attitudes. 

To read about this year’s theme and the history of International Day of Disability visit:

For people living with MS with a disability, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents the fulfilment of monumental reform in the disability sector and in Australian society more broadly. 

MS Australia alongside other advocacy organisations continues to document some of the NDIS implementation ‘teething’ problems. Our concern is to ensure systems and processes are right up front, rather than plans and arrangements rushed through which must then be substantially revised.

We welcomed the recent Federal Government announcement about the new National Disability and Carers Advisory Council. Significantly, this Council advises the Government on important issues for the disability and carer sectors and gives voice to the lived experience of disability and caring.

MS Australia congratulates finalists and winners of the 2016 National Disability Awards, in particular Kerri Cassidy, joint recipient of the Excellence in Justice and Rights Protection Award, for her long-term commitment to promoting justice and rights protection for people with disability.

To become involved in International Day of People with Disability, look for an event near you. Check out: