international disability day

Mosman Local Schools Celebrate International Day of People with Disability

Posted Monday 09 December 2013

Despite the rainy weather on Friday 29 November, the enthusiasm of 119 students from 5 local schools was not dampened as they participated in a range of activities to experience and learn about what it would be like to live with a disability.

Students from Beauty Point Public School, Blessed Sacrament Primary School, Mosman Public School, Middle Harbour Public School and Mosman High School

  • played basketball in a wheelchair
  • painted without their hands
  • walked without being able to see
  • challenged the mind with Tangram
  • watched a documentary about teenagers in high school that are hearing impaired
  • saw a display of photographs and stencil street art by the Friday Group for Young Adults with Disability.

Mosman Council hosted the event in recognition of International Day of People with Disability to create awareness and understanding of people with disability while celebrating and recognising their contributions, skills and achievements.

Guests – Sarah Hirst from Guide Dogs Australia who is visually impaired; John Warne from Mosman Seniors’ Centre Art class, who never painted before he needed a wheelchair, Rhys Baxter from Wheelchair Sports NSW and Mosman Football Club members Tommy Jones, Mark Borda, Hugh Glenn and Kareen Durr who were on hand in case the weather cleared up for Deaf Soccer – joined in the day’s activities.

Aoife, Genevieve and Eliza from Sacred Heart said the guest speakers “…weren’t letting their disabilities stop them from what they wanted to achieve.”

Everyone involved had a great time and took away some valuable insights from the experience.

For photos from the day go to: Flickr