International Day of People with Disability and National Disability Awards

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day celebrated internationally on 3 December each year. The National Disability Awards are the Australian Government’s main celebration of IDPwD, and celebrate the achievements and contributions 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.

International Day of People with Disability website

The IDPwD website provides background information on IDPwD and support resources for planning IDPwD events, as well as information on frequently asked questions and useful links on disability information.

Once registrations open, individuals, businesses and groups can register their event online. There will also be an online state-by-state event calendar that allows people to find out what IDPwD celebrations are happening in their area.

National Disability Awards

The National Disability Awards (Awards) recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions individuals with disability make to our community, and also award individuals, teams and organisations within society who have contributed to the disability sector.

The Award categories are broadly aligned with the National Disability Strategy (NDS) priority areas. The NDS is a ten year strategy to improve the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.

Nominations for the 2017 Awards are now closed.

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