This Friday marks the International Day of People with a Disability, and local disability provider LiveBetter, in collaboration with Disability Advocacy NSW, is hosting a complimentary event from 12 pm to 2 pm at AJ Keast Park, Gypsum Street.
The day, recognized by the United Nations, aims to enhance public awareness, acceptance, and understanding of individuals living with disabilities. Since 1996, the Federal Government has supported this observance, with numerous events in Broken Hill and across Australia commemorating the day.
At AJ Keast Park, attendees can enjoy a free sausage sizzle, cold drinks, sensory activities, face painting, and the popular ‘sponge the support worker’ game, a favourite among LiveBetter’s clients.
Caryn Fergurson from Disability Advocacy NSW shares her enthusiasm, “I am extremely passionate about celebrating and recognising all abilities within our community.” She elaborates, “Disability Advocacy NSW supports people with disabilities to ensure fairness, assisting them to understand their rights, resolve issues, and participate fully in the community.”
Chantel Hoskins, LiveBetter Broken Hill’s Disability Services Coordinator, told the Truth, “The aim of the International Day of People with a Disability is to increase awareness, understanding, and acceptance of the 4.4 million Australians with disabilities.” She highlights the day’s significance on the community calendar, noting that it acknowledges the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities, while also celebrating their numerous accomplishments.
Echoing Ms Hoskins, Tania Walden, a disability support worker at LiveBetter, remarks, “Supporting my disability clients is incredibly rewarding. We often feel like an extended family. The best part is helping them achieve their goals and witnessing their success.”
LiveBetter customer Tony Doubtfire views the event as “an opportunity for us all to come together, interact, and remember that there are always others facing greater challenges.” He encourages community participation and advises those interested to contact LiveBetter for more information about the event at 1800 580 580.
PICTURE: 2019’s International Day of People with a Disability event. BARRIER TRUTH ARCHIVES.