International Day of People with Disability is a day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disability within the community.
It is also a time to celebrate the contributions and achievements of people with disability, and promote inclusion and inclusive activities.
To recognise this important day, the City of Subiaco is hosting and supporting a number of events that promote awareness, inclusion and celebration of those living with disability in our community.
Wheelchair basketball with Rebound WA
On Friday 2 December, Rebound WA will run a session of their Wheel Life program at Lords Recreation Centre. Often facilitated by Paralympians and some of Australia’s best wheelchair basketball players, this disability awareness program motivates participants to learn about life with a physical disability through open conversation and a wheelchair basketball game.
Members of the community are invited to reserve a spot in this free session at this link
Mark’s Mission Impossible
Following a successful world record attempt in 2021, when he smashed the record for longest distance travelled in a wheelchair with one arm, Mark Elsing is hoping to ‘travel’ 65km using a ‘grinder’ (upper body ergometer).
Mark is a member of the City of Subiaco’s Disability Access and Inclusion Committee, and his Mission Impossible attempt will take place at the gym at Lords Recreation Centre on Friday 2 December. If you’d like to contribute to Mark’s efforts, and read more about his inspiring story, you can do so at this fundraising link
Art exhibition: ‘Nothing About Us, Without Us’
The City of Subiaco has partnered with Mission Australia to deliver an art exhibition at Subiaco Arts Centre titled ‘Nothing About Us, Without Us’. The exhibition aims to build meaningful partnerships with local artists living with disability, so they can showcase their artwork and celebrate their stores, whilst also raising community awareness of the barriers of access and inclusion in society.
All are invited to attend the exhibition launch event on Saturday 3 December from 2pm to 4pm (reserve your spot here
), and the exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 3 December to Saturday 10 December, from 9am to 5pm every day.
Storytime sessions at Subiaco Library
Subiaco Library will host two special storytime sessions, for children aged three to 12, focused around the International Day of People with Disability.
The first will be led by Louise Watson, a member of the City’s Disability Access and Inclusion Committee, who has a lived experience with disability and will read books with an inclusive theme. This session takes place on Tuesday 6 December from 10:30am to 11am.
The second, hosted in partnership with Access Plus WA, is part of the library’s Harmony Storytime sessions, and will feature Auslan signing. The presenter will tell a story through both words and sign. This session takes place on Wednesday 7 December from 3:30pm to 4pm.