The National Disability Awards recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions individuals with disability make to our community, and recognise individuals, or groups with disability make to our community, and recognise individuals or groups within our community who have contributed to the disability sector. In 2011 there are eight Award categories:
- Minister’s Lifelong Achievement Award recognises people who have advanced the rights of people with disability over a prolonged period of time.
- Young Disability Challenge Award recognises young people aged 12-25 years who have advanced the rights of people with disabilities.
- Business Award recognises organisations that have improved access to employment, or created increased employment opportunities for people with disability.
- Local Government Award recognises work in a community that provides opportunities for full inclusion of people with disability.
- Social Inclusion Award recognises, schools, universities, employment and training providers, and advocacy services who have enabled equal participation of people with disability in a range of areas in life.
- Inclusive and Accessible Communities Award recognises work by developers, builders and others in the building sector to create accessible buildings or facilities for people with disability.
- Health and Wellbeing Award recognises health and wellbeing services that are creating equal access for people with disability.
- Yooralla Media Award – To recognise and reward media coverage that contributes to public awareness and understanding of disability. Nominations for this Award will be managed by the Yooralla Community Organisation. More information about the Yooralla Media Awards can be found on the Yooralla Media Awards webite.
The 2011 National Disability Award categories are aligned with the National Disability Strategy priority areas, a 10 year strategy to improve the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.
Nominations for the Awards opened on Wednesday, 4 May 2011 and close on Friday 29 July 2011. To nominate someone for a National Disability Award visit International Day of People with Disability website.
International Day of People with Disability
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) was established in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly to promote awareness of disability issues and the abilities of people with disability. It is celebrated worldwide on 3 December each year.
The day is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people with disability and aims to promote an understanding of disability issues, and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well being of people with disability by engaging disability organisations, people with disability, businesses, governments and communities in a range of activities.
To celebrate IDPwD and receive free promotional products visit International Day of People with Disability website and register your event!
International Day of People with Disability website
The International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) website provides background information on IDPwD and support resources for planning IDPwD events, as well as frequently asked questions and useful links for people looking for more disability information.
There is also an online state-by-state event calendar that allows people to find out what IDPwD celebrations are happening in their area. Individuals, businesses and groups can register an IDPwD event on the website from August 2011. Free promotional products and posters are available to all registered events to help promote and celebrate IDPwD.