Today is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)! Today marks the 30th anniversary of the annual IDPwD.
IDPwD is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.
Today is a day for us to celebrate the contributions and achievements of people with disability. Importantly, it's a day for us to listen - to listen to different voices and lived experiences, to learn how to best support people with disability to live their best lives.
Yooralla celebrates IDPwD each year with our Big Day Out and on Monday, it was the first time in three years since the Yooralla community reunited in person at the Melbourne Town Hall and online for those who couldn’t attend in person - and what a day of good cheer it was!
We heard from Nimo Hersi, a prominent disability advocate, who shared her personal journey to advocacy and call for diverse leadership in the disability sector to reflect the communities we serve.
Nimo’s powerful message was supported by Eliza Hull, musician, writer, speaker and advocate, who was recently announced as an ambassador for this year’s International Day of People with Disability.
Eliza performed a selection of her beautiful and poignant songs, which spoke to so many in the room – in particular her hit track ‘Running Underwater’, a song about disability, pride and acceptance, which saw a few watery eyes among the attendees.
Happy International Day of People with Disability!