PWDA Marks 2021 International Day Of People With Disability With Cultural Events And New Language Guide

Australia’s peak national cross disability advocacy organisation is celebrating the achievements and contributions of people with disability across Australia and throughout the world on this year’s International Day Of People with Disability (IDPwD) on 3 December.

People With Disability Australia (PWDA) President Samantha Connor: “This IDPwD is an opportunity for all Australians to contribute towards making positive changes to the lives of the 4.4 million Australians with disability. As a national Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO), PWDA echos this year’s United Nations theme reminding us it is through the leadership and participation of all people with disability that we’ll be able to build an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable society that welcomes all people with disability.

“IDPwD provides a platform for us and our allies to recognise and dismantle the systemic social, physical, technological and attitudinal barriers which continue to impact people with disability socially, economically, politically and culturally, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. People with disability must be visible and present at every level of society participating fully, equally, and effectively in society alongside others with equity and dignity.

“After what has been a difficult year for people with disability, our community has showed our resilience – we have fought through a global pandemic, harsh austerity measures and adverse policy changes and we’ve come out the other side.

“This year also marks 40 years of PWDA advocating for people with disability. So, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank our members and supporters for their incredible work over the last four decades which has delivered significant improvement for the lives of people with disability right across Australia.”

“To mark this IDPwD, PWDA is launching a new edition of our popular Disability Language Guide today. This is just one way that PWDA works to influence the social narrative around respectful and inclusive language about people with disability and to improve the lives of people with disability.

“As a resource for media, governments, and the disability and education sectors, the guide unpacks key factors which influence disability-related language, provides advice for media workers reporting on disability-related content, and identifies commonly misused terms and recommends suitable alternatives.

“We’re also proud to be supporting two free screen-based events celebrating the creativity of people with disability: the world premiere season of four new ArtScreen video artworks by artists with disability at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art from 2 – 4 December and the 5th annual Inclusive Film Festival livestreamed nationally from Sydney’s historic Petersham Town Hall on 17 December.

“PWDA is delighted to be supporting these two activities which showcase the talent and creativity of artists, performers, filmmakers and writers with disability.”

You can view and download the new edition of the PWDA Language Guide here:

You can find out more about the ArtScreen premiere and the Inclusive Film Festival here:

Media enquiries:

People with Disability Australia
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