Today is a special day recognised around the world to promote an understanding of people with disability and to encourage support for their dignity and rights.
NRS education coordinators will be celebrating today with awareness-raising activities in a number of communities – including training sessions, demonstrating calls, talking with key health professionals, sharing information.
This is the third year the NRS has teamed up with Access All Areas. The annual festival presents a range of new Australian films for people with a disability and includes 60-plus screenings at accessible cinemas, schools, community centres and disability groups across the country.
‘We are really excited about showcasing our new film at Access All Areas. The festival is all about making day-to-day activities available to all Australians – just like the NRS,’ said Managing Director of NRS Outreach Deborah Fullwood.
The NRS film, about hearing loss in Indigenous communities, tells the story of Michael Welsh, a Wailwan Man and a grandfather in his 60s who has experienced hearing impairment for many years. Developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the film looks at his life and journey towards using the phone again.
Many disability organisations as well as the Australian Government will also be marking today with special events.
For more information on NRS activities on International Day of People with Disability please contact the NRS Helpdesk.