Sunday 3 December 2017 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.
Each year the United Nations announces a theme to observe for International Day of People with Disability. The annual theme provides an overarching focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers for people with disability. This has been occurring since 1992 when the General Assembly proclaimed 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons.
The theme for the 2017 International Day of People with Disability is “Transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all”. The overarching principle of this theme is to ‘leave no one behind’ and empowers people with disability to be active contributors to society.
To read about this year’s theme and the history of International Day of Disability visit: http://www.idpwd.com.au/about/theme/
In Australia, the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 commits all governments to a nationwide approach aimed at improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers. The Strategy’s ten-year national framework for reform focuses on better inclusion for people with disability and seeks to create a society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.
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 identify NDIS implementation problems and advocates strongly for improvements. Our concern is to ensure systems and processes work well up front, rather than when plans and arrangements are rushed through which must then be substantially revised or are subject to long delays waiting to be implemented.
MS Australia congratulates all of the finalists and winners of the 2017 National Disability Awards, for their commitment to improving the lives of Australians with disability.
To become involved in International Day of People with Disability, look for an event near you. Check out: http://www.idpwd.com.au/news-events/calendar/