Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

Changing perceptions: Australian Paralympic gold medallist, Dylan Alcott wants to eliminate the stigma about disability in mainstream employment.

Changing perceptions: Australian Paralympic gold medallist, Dylan Alcott wants to eliminate the stigma about disability in mainstream employment.

For people living with a disability and The Disability Trust, December 3 - International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), is an important day for awareness, understanding, recognition and acceptance.

The Disability Trust is again joining forces with local regions and communities in celebration of this important day.

This year, The Disability Trust will be focusing on the theme 'Remove the Barrier' in support of Australian Paralympic gold medallist and disability advocate, Dylan Alcott OAM.

The Dylan Alcott Foundation's mission is to change the perception and eliminate the stigma about disability in mainstream employment.

With over four million Australians having a form of disability and much higher rates of unemployment, the Trust is proud to be supporting the 'Remove the Barrier' campaign.

The Disability Trust is calling on support from local businesses to provide more employment placement opportunities for people with disabilities.

Continuing from last year's successful coffee campaign, The Disability Trust is partnering with local cafes across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven to promote International Day of People with Disability and the campaign 'Remove the Barrier'.

Get Skilled Access founded by Dylan Alcott is a unique and innovative approach to accessibility and disability that helps your organisation become not only inclusive but drives productivity and profitability.

Some simple steps that Get Skilled Access encourages are:

  • See the person - focus on the person, not their disability
  • All jobs can be worked flexibly and adjusted for a person with a disability
  • Hire a person with a disability - they are ambitious and want to work
  • Support businesses who are employing people with disability in your community
Get skilled: The Disability Trust is partnering with local cafes to promote International Day of People with Disability and the campaign 'Remove the Barrier'.

Get skilled: The Disability Trust is partnering with local cafes to promote International Day of People with Disability and the campaign 'Remove the Barrier'.

For more information or to get involved contact The Disability Trust on 1300 347 224 or visit the websites at workskills4u.org.au or getskilledaccess.com.au.

At The Disability Trust's new Wollongong head office at 5 Edney Lane, Springhill, the team will also be hosting a Sensory Walk, which will feature a range of sensory-based stations that will be tailored to the needs of individuals across all abilities.

Stations on the day will include informative sessions such as a health-orientated clinical service consultation and a fire AIDER program catered to individuals with a disability.

The Sensory Walk is aimed at promoting inclusion with a fun event that caters for all.

The Disability Trust is committed to providing highly professional care and support to people with disabilities and their families.

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