It’s a Packed Calendar During DisABILITY Action Week 2017
Southern Downs Regional Council
14 July 2017
DisABILITY Action Week will be celebrated in the Southern Downs from September 7 to 15 and focusses on celebrating the valuable contribution that people with a disABILITY make to the community.
Southern Downs Regional Council’s Mayor, Cr Tracy Dobie said the Disability Action Week committees in both Warwick and Stanthorpe had been working hard for several months to organise the range of activities in the region.
“The committees have broad community representation across Southern Downs’ services in Stanthorpe and Warwick, with the Warwick committee led by Southern Downs Regional Council.
“Everyone involved has contributed great ideas and the result is yet another fabulous program of events and activities.
This year’s program will kick-off with the DisABILITY Action Week Expo 2017 on Thursday, September 7 at WIRAC, Cnr Palmerin & Albert Streets, Warwick, from 4pm – 7pm. This expo was inspired by the introduction of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the resulting changes in service delivery. It was recognised that people with a disability and their families/carers needed a one stop shop opportunity to meet with the services and organisations that can offer support and service to them. The expo promises to be fun and interactive with some special fun activities to help stallholders and expo visitors engage with each other.
Council invites members of the community to support the event. Council invites you to register if you belong to a community group or organisation within the Southern Downs region that welcomes diversity and would like to welcome the inclusion of people with a disability. Registration forms are available from Council’s website.
The aims of the Expo are:
- to provide an avenue for the Southern Downs community to showcase their services, recreational and cultural activities that will enhance the opportunities for people with a disABILITY;
- to celebrate the valuable contribution that people with a disABILITY make to our community; and
- provide an opportunity for all members of our community to learn more about the opportunities available through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
In addition to the Expo, regular favourites like the Buddy Up Golf Day, River Walk, Sharyn Rowen Memorial Walk, Indoor Bowls, Sportsability and ‘Shimmy Shimmy Shake’ are back on the program.
The Mayor also highlighted that one in five Queenslanders has a disability of some kind, and disability touches the lives of most Queenslanders in some way.
“DisABILITY Action Week is aimed at empowering people with a disability, so it’s an important celebration” she said.
“It’s also about raising awareness of disability issues, encouraging positive attitudes towards people with a disability, and improving access and inclusion of people with a disability throughout the wider community.
“We all have a role in creating a truly welcoming and inclusive community, from businesses and government to community organisations and individuals.
“We ask everyone to take part in DisABILITY Action Week and show their support.
“This is a time for all residents to come together as a community to recognise everyone’s abilities,” encouraged the Mayor.
The calendar of events and activities for DisABILITY Action Week is available on Council’s website at www.sdrc.qld.gov.au. Please contact the event organisers for details about how you can be involved.
For more information about the calendar of events, contact Council’s Community Development Officer, Pam Burley, on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).