Key dates and campaigns to add to your calendar
Wed 26 June 2019
Key dates and campaigns that contribute to greater inclusion of people with disability provide valuable opportunities to inspire awareness and understanding in the workplace.
By linking back to your organisation’s wider goals and values, awareness days can help you promote a culture of inclusion and demonstrate your commitment to a workplace that is accessible, safe and supports everyone to reach their full potential.
As we move into the second half of 2019, here’s a list of campaign dates to add to your calendar, including key hashtags to help you keep in touch and share your contributions.
R U OK? Day
12 September 2019
R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that any day is the day to ask the simple but important question: Are you okay? It aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with those around them and support anyone going through a tough time.
R U OK? at Work is a suite of resources and practical guidance to help people navigate a conversation with someone they’re worried about in the workplace.
R U OK? Day Kits are available to download, which include fantastic resources to help you support and celebrate this campaign in your workplace.
Key hashtags: #RUOK #RUOKDay #RUOKEveryday
International Day for Universal Access to Information
28 September 2019
International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) was declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to ensure the participation of all people in the global information society.
Access to information is directly linked to the enjoyment of basic rights and freedoms. It has the power to transform lives. For one billion people with disability in the world, access to information and technology provides an opportunity to enhance their social, political and economic participation and reach their full potential.
Key hashtags: #IDUAI #AccessToInfo #RightToKnow
- Three ways to kickstart a workplace discussion about access to information
- How to write more accessible social media posts
- The Business Case for Digital Accessibility
National Safe Work Month
National Safe Work Month is a time to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians. Workplaces that keep people healthy, satisfied and free from physical and psychological harm will help motivate, reduce errors and improve productivity.
Being an inclusive employer means taking every employee’s needs into consideration when planning and implementing Work Health and Safety (WHS), including employees with disability.
This year's theme is 'Be a Safety Champion', as anyone from any industry can be a champion for work health and safety.
Key hashtags: #SafetyChampion #SafeWorkMonth #MySafetyMoment #WHS
World Sight Day
10 October 2019
Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2000, World Sight Day aims to focus global attention on blindness and low vision. Each year, Vision 2020 Australia uses World Sight Day to talk about the importance of eye health and vision care, and promote the full participation of people who are blind or have low vision in the community.
The global call to action for World Sight Day 2019 is ‘Vision First!’
Key hashtags: #WorldSightDay #WorldSightDayAU #Vision2020
World Mental Health Day
10 October 2019
World Mental Health Day is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide. It is a time to consider how we, as employers, leaders and colleagues, can support mental health, wellbeing and inclusion in our workplaces.
The global theme for 2019 is ‘suicide prevention’. In Australia, almost one-in-two people will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lifetime, and more than 200 people, every day, feel so desperate they attempt to end their own lives.
Many Australian states and territories recognise October as Mental Health Month or celebrate Mental Health Week during October, to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
Key hashtags: #WorldMentalHealthDay #MentalHealth #MentalHealthPromise #MentallyHealthyWorkplaces
- New national guidance on work-related psychological health and safety
- Top takeaways from Diversity Council Australia event on workplace mental health
International Day of People with Disability
3 December 2019
Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been annually observed on 3 December around the world. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of people with disability. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) represents a significant opportunity for Australian organisations to share their commitment, campaigns, leadership and stories of empowerment related to inclusion of people with disability in the workforce.
AND hosts an annual IDPwD cocktail party to celebrate the value of people with disability in the workforce and the remarkable contributions of its network of members.
Key hashtags: #IDPWD (Australian) #IDPD (international)
Human Rights Day
10 December 2019
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person, including people with disability. December 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the Declaration.
Key hashtags: #StandUp4HumanRights #GlobalGoals
Save the date for our 2020 Annual National Conference
12 May 2020
Each year, our Annual National Conference provides an unparalleled opportunity to discover tested and pioneering practices to progress employment, retention and inclusion of people with disability.
A sell-out event the last three years in a row, this year’s conference attracted 260 attendees from more than 120 organisations across Australia to hear about the positive forces driving positive and sustainable change nationally and globally.
Save the date for our 12th Annual National Conference, which will be held at the world-class International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney on Tuesday 12 May 2020.
In the year of our 20th anniversary, our 2020 conference will be a momentous occasion that celebrates the remarkable progress and contributions of our powerful network these past 20 years.