Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Disability Awareness Week: celebrating inclusion

    29/11/2015 6:00 AM
    • 2015 Disability Awareness Week runs from November 29 to December 5
    • Events and activities around the State to promote access and inclusion
    • People with disability share their experiences in short films

    Events and activities to raise awareness about the importance of access and inclusion begin today with the start of Disability Awareness Week.


    Now in its sixth year, the week promotes the aspirations of the State Government's Count Me In vision: that we all live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.


    The United Nations-sanctioned International Day of People with Disability, held each year on December 3, this year has the theme: Inclusion matters: Access and empowerment for people of all abilities.


    Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said Disability Awareness Week events highlighted the importance of access and inclusion for people with disability so they could not only experience employment, education and appropriate housing but also the arts, culture and sport.


    "The week encourages the community to think more broadly and creatively about what can be done to support people with disability to enjoy everything the community has to offer," Mrs Morton said.


    "Banners will be on display in Murray Street, in the CBD, to promote Disability Awareness Week, and inclusive events and activities supported by Disability Services Commission grants will be held by communities across the State."


    Throughout the week, a series of short films, where people with disability share their experiences, will be published on the commission's website and social media channels.


    The commission will launch a Facebook page this week which will be updated during the week with news and information about disability issues and provide a forum for public discussion and information exchange.


    Fact File

    Minister's office - 6552 6900

    Disability Awareness Week events, supported by Disability Services Commission grants

    Albany: Inclusive sausage sizzle, Great Southern Personnel offices, December 3

    Albany: All-abilities entry in City of Albany Christmas Pageant, Albany CBD,  December 5

    Beechboro: Arts activities and morning tea, Brockman Community House, December 4

    Broome: Ably Disabled, Town Beach,  December 2

    Bunbury: Enable Southwest Showcase Exhibition, Bunbury Centrepoint Shopping Centre, November 30

    Burswood: X + Y film screening, McDonalds Community Cinema, Burswood Parklands, November 30

    Busselton: Hand in Hand for Disability, Mitchell Park, December 3

    Canning: Walk in my Shoes for a Day, Good Samaritan Industries, Canning Vale, December 2

    Carnarvon: ACROD program information stall, Carnarvon Central Shopping Centre and CBD, December 2

    Como: Inclusion Matters Movie Night, Cygnet Theatre, December 4

    East Perth: Outcare community barbecue, Claisebrook (eastern end of Royal Street), December 2

    Duncraig: VIP and Senses Australia sausage sizzle, December 4

    Esperance: Water Play, Esperance Foreshore, December 2

    Geraldton: Becoming Bulletproof screening, Geraldton Cinema, December 2

    Joondalup: Inclusive Community Art Competition, Joondalup Lotteries House, December 5

    Maddington: In Alliance Drama Workshop, Directions Disability Support Services, December 4

    Midland: Add a Dabble art experience, Crooked Spire Coffee House, December 1

    Narrogin: Long table lunch, Gnarojin Community Garden, December 2

    Newman: 'Dive-in' Movie and Family Barbecue, Newman Aquatic Centre, December 3

    North Fremantle: Beach activities for all, Leighton Beach, December 5

    North Perth: Celebrating All Activities!, Beatty Park, December 3

    Osborne Park: art display, Osborne Park Community Centre, November 30-December 4

    Peppermint Grove: Accessible storytime with Auslan interpreter, The Grove Library, December 1

    Perenjori: Wheelchair basketball event, Perenjori Basketball Court, December 3

    Perth: Art exhibition, Novotel Perth Langley, December 3

    Perth: Walk With Me Perth, Government House Gardens, December 3

    Pinjarra: Come and Try Day and community lunch for disability awareness, Murray Recreation Centre, November 30

    Port Hedland: Movie night, Matt Dann Theatre, South Hedland, December 4

    Subiaco: Kalparrin coffee and cake event, Princess Margaret Hospital, December 2

    Tom Price: Inclusive Ashburton - Celebrating International Day of People with Disability, Clem Thompson Memorial Sports Pavilion, December 3

    Wagin: Art exhibition, Wagin Community Resource Centre,  December 2.


    Events information is available at http://www.disability.wa.gov.au/events-dsc/events/2015/december