Focus on achievements and ability

INTERNATIONAL Day for People with Disability should celebrate and recognise the achievements, contributions and abilities of people with disabilities, according to Kiama MP Gareth Ward.

“The Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign, now in its 10th year, has been celebrating the achievements and raising awareness of the barriers to participation for people with disability throughout the month prior to International Day for People with Disability,” Mr Ward said.

“Inclusion really is everyone’s responsibility. What is important is that everyone has a right to be and to feel part of their local community.

“This year, the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign is focusing on people living, learning and travelling in the community. It looks at how accessibility and inclusion can break down the barriers faced by people with disability.

“In the last 10 years, since Don’t DIS my ABILITY was launched, the NSW government has helped make the National Disability Insurance Scheme a reality, by being the first state to sign up in 2012.

“With some 4.6 million Australians living with a form of disability, it is essential that we spread the word about their achievements and contributions,” Mr Ward said.

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