International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, as well as to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

IDPwD is held on 3 December every year.

There are many ways that organisations can mark IDPwD, and we have developed a list to give you some ideas.

  • Enlist your internal Disability Employee Network to plan and organise an event
  • Register your event on the IDPwD official page, and receive promotional products
  • Use the IDPwD logo on flyers, internal memos, newsletters or other material for the week around IDPwD
  • Hold morning or afternoon teas, with your team, business unit or department
  • Book a guest speaker or panel. This could be:
    • a person with disability who has achieved something significant
    • a high profile Australian with a disability
    • a Paralympian
    • a 'champion' or game-changer in the disability sector
    • a Don't Dis my Ability Ambassador
    • your organisation's internal Disability Champion
    • a speaker from an established disability-related organisation
    • a panel of speakers comprised of the above
  • Invite your local MP or other VIP to your event
  • Book the Guide Dog Puppies to visit your office
  • Launch a policy measure at your event. This could be, such as a Reasonable Adjustment Policy or Disability Action Plan
  • Start the conversation within your organisation. Get employees with disability to write a story for your internal communications or develop a video focusing on achievements
  • Get active on social media and use the hashtags #IDPD, #IDPD2016 and #BarrierFree2030
  • Announce funding for some disability specific research in conjunction with a University or research centre.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but is designed as something to spark your creativity. The only limit to what you can do is your imagination (and possibly your budget!).

Information on how to register your IDPwD event can be found at