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International Day of People with Disability

Day of People with disability celebrated

Posted Monday 01 December 2014

On Friday 29 November more than 120 students filled the Mosman Village Green with enthusiasm 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 four local schools including Blessed Sacrament Primary School, Middle Harbour Public School, Mosman Public School and Mosman High School experienced:

  • playing basketball in a wheelchair
  • painting without their hands
  • walking without being able to see
  • playing soccer without being able to hear
  • 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 which is celebrated annually on 3 December and aims to create awareness and understanding of people with disability while celebrating and recognising their contributions, skills and achievements.

Guests speakers including- Sarah Hirst from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT who is visually impaired, John Warne from Mosman Seniors’ Centre Art class, who started painting after suffering a severe stroke, and Rhys and Paul from Wheelchair Sports NSW, shared their experiences and joined in the day’s activities.

Sam, from year four at Mosman Public School, was inspired by the guest speakers and said that “They have a disability but they still live a normal life and can do everything we do and take for granted.”

The day was also run in conjunction with the Youth Services Open Day which included a five minute interactive talk on the different services available to young people and the issues they face with disabilities in everyday life as well as a practical introduction to the Youth Centre’s drop in facilities and activities.

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

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