Mosman celebrates International Day of People with Disability

03 December 2015

More than 140 students from five local schools braved the heat on Thursday 26 November to take part in a range of Mosman Council-organised activities celebrating International Day of People with Disability.

The event aimed to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

Students from Mosman Public School, Sacred Heart Primary School, Middle Harbour Public School, Beauty Point Public School and Mosman High School took part in a range of activities:

  • Building an Inclusive World on Mosman Village Green – Two activities led by Sally and Enrique from Ability Links, including discussion by using feeling cards and drawing of an inclusive world for all.
  • Wheelchair Basketball presented by Rhys and Brett from Wheelchair Sports NSW Roadshow in the Mosman Art Gallery Grand Hall – Short talk on disability sports, including challenges competing in disability sports followed by a wheelchair basketball game.
  • Painting with a Paintbrush in Your Mouth in the Mosman Art Gallery Sculpture Garden – Participants painted using paintbrushes held with their mouths.
  • Deaf Soccer on Allan Border Oval – Andrew and Pavol from Mosman Football guided participants in soccer games with ear plugs in.
  • Friday Group Art Display on Allan Border Oval – a talk about the display of photographed works by participants of the social and recreational group, Friday Night Group for Young Adults with a Disability.
  • Guide Dogs Guest Speaker and Blindfold Challenge in Mosman Youth Centre – Guest speaker Krystal Keller from Guide Dogs Australia spoke about her experiences. Students were given the opportunity to experience what it would be like to be visually impaired by putting on blindfolds and vision impairing googles and completing tasks with the assistance of a walking stick.

The day helped students realise that having a disability means you still have an ability to do lots of things and they were inspired by the contributions made by people with a disability.

Mr Johnson, a teacher from Beauty Point Public School said, “We had a fantastic time and the kids really learnt a lot about seeing a different perspective. The kids were able to participate which is how they learn best.”

International Day of People with Disability is officially celebrated on 3 December every year.

Photos of Mosman Council’s International Day of People with Disability can be viewed at Mosman Council’s Flickr site.