International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally on 3 December. It aims to promote public awareness, understanding and acceptance 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.

Kurt Fearnley AO has been named the IDPwD patron for 2019. A sports icon, champion for the rights of people with disability and NSW Australian of the Year, Kurt led a thought-provoking panel discussion on personal leadership at our 11th Annual National Conference in May. 

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, here are five impactful ways for your organisation to celebrate IDPwD this December. 

1. Create or join an awareness campaign

An authentic campaign can encourage your people to share their stories and ask for the workplace adjustments they need. Fujitsu’s ‘Be Completely You’ video is a great example of a creative campaign that highlights the individual and business benefits of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

No time to create a campaign? Join one! This IDPwD, organisations across the globe will ‘go purple’ in support of the #PurpleLightUp movement. Started by Kate Nash OBE of PurpleSpace, who was the keynote speaker at our 2018 National Conference in May, #PurpleLightUp encourages organisations to go purple for a day to celebrate the economic power of people with disability.

2. Launch a new policy, plan or initiative

What better time to announce a new policy, plan or initiative related to inclusion of people with disability than on IDPwD? Take the opportunity to engage your staff, celebrate your organisation’s commitment and leadership, and share the initiative with your customers and stakeholders.

3. Host an IDPwD event at your workplace

This is your chance to engage your whole organisation in the business of inclusion. An internal event can be a great way to showcase the great work of your Disability Employee Network, launch a new initiative, celebrate progress or reinforce your organisation’s commitment to inclusion.

Engage your audience with a dynamic panel discussion, a presentation by your Disability Champion, a representative from a disability-related organisation or a special guest with lived experience of disability (e.g. an Invictus Games ambassador or Paralympian).

4. Encourage people to learn

A lunch-and-learn or similar activity will not only support your people to engage with IDPwD, but learn from it, too. The key is to choose a subject that can be applied to any business area. For example, a lunch-and-learn about access to information can explore the intersection between human rights and technology, the foundations of accessibility and the principles of Inclusive Design.

Or, how about an information session to help you bring an internal project to life? At one of our Member Roundtables in Sydney, we heard from Westpac that an internal email introducing its new Tailored Talent program was one of its most-read communications. An IDPwD information session that explores the impetus for the project and the impact it’s having could be a great way to generate even more interest and understanding.

5. Celebrate success in access and inclusion 

Gather your colleagues and tune in to the live global webcast of the National Awards for Disability Leadership on 3 December. These awards celebrate the extraordinary contributions and leadership shown by individuals with disability and disability organisations.

The winners of the Centre for Accessibility's inaugural Australian Access Awards will also be announced this IDPwD, which will recognise accessibility best practice across websites, apps and other digital initiatives.

Share and discover

Some amazing and powerful stories, campaigns and events are shared across the globe in recognition of IDPwD. Share your contribution, discover new ideas and keep in touch with this important occasion by using #IDPD (global) and #IDPWD (Australia).

Workplace resources you can download and use to promote IDPwD will be made available on the Australian IDPwD website.

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