Yooralla marks International Day of People with Disability
DATE: 1 December 2015
Yooralla customers asked, ‘What does equality mean to you?’
Thursday 3 December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) - a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
To mark the day, Yooralla, Victoria’s largest disability support organisation, has released a short video asking, ‘What does equality mean to you?’
The video was created, filmed and edited by some of Yooralla’s Learning Hub students and features students speaking about what equality means to them as a young person with disability living in Victoria.
Speaking about equality Yooralla Chief Executive Officer Dr Sherene Devanesen said that the transition to the upcoming National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) goes some way towards addressing equality issues by providing choice for people with disability.
“Equality means giving everyone the same status, rights and opportunities in terms of personal dignity, education and work. This means giving people a choice so that they can choose what personal care and lifestyle arrangements work best for them. The commencement of the NDIS in July 2016 will give people with disability that choice.”
As part of the awareness day, Yooralla customers will also be handing out cookies, made by Yooralla Catering, outside the Yooralla building at 244 Flinders Street between 3.30 – 4.15pm and at Flinders Street station between 4.15 – 4.45pm.
Yooralla Catering provides employment and industry-supported training for people with disability, creating opportunities to achieve greater independence, choice and confidence.
Established in 1918, Yooralla supports people with disability to live independent and fulfilling lives and is a service provider in Victoria’s NDIS trial site in Barwon.
The video will be available to view on the Yooralla website from 3 December.
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