Celebrating people with disabilityPosted Friday 27 November 2015
About 140 students from five local schools braved the heat on Thursday 26 November to take part in activities organised by Mosman Council to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).
The event aimed to increase awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability whilst celebrating 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:
- Building an inclusive world led by Sally and Enrique from Ability Links to encourage kids to use feeling cards and drawing to demonstrate an inclusive world for all
- Wheelchair basketball presented by Rhys and Brett from Wheelchair Sports NSW Roadshow to learn about disability sports and its challenges and to experience a game of wheelchair basketball first-hand
- Painting with your mouth where participants painted using paintbrushes held with their mouths
- Deaf Soccer led by Andrew and Pavol from Mosman Football who guided participants in soccer games with ear plugs in
- Friday Group Art Display to hear 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 presented by Krystal Keller from Guide Dogs Australia who allowed students to experience what it would be like to be visually impaired by getting them to complete tasks blindfolded or with vision impairing googles with the assistance of a walking stick
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations endorsed day officially celebrated on 3 December every year to promote increased understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their rights and well-being.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australia-wide scheme to support people with permanent and significant disability. It will fund long-term high-quality care and support for people with significant disabilities, better link the community and people with disabilities, provide information to people, help break down stereotypes, and ensure quality assurance and best practice among service providers.
The NDIS will be rolled out to Mosman residents in July 2016. Find out more here.
Disability access improvements in Mosman
This year Mosman Council has made significant improvements in accessibility following upgrades to key facilities, including Barry O’Keefe Library and Mosman Square Seniors Centre, as well as improvements to paths and pedestrian crossings.
An accessible path of travel now stretches from Mosman Junction to Spit Junction following the completion of the raised crossing at Gouldsbury Street and road resurfacing at the corner of Belmont and Military Roads.
Upgrades have also improved access to park facilities with the Liberty Swing at Clifton Gardens now accessible from the parking ground while further improvements are planned to provide an accessible path to Chinaman’s Beach.
Completion of work at the library, which included an improved disabled toilet and baby change facilities, and the Seniors Centre, which resulted in improved amenity for visitors, has enabled people to more easily attend the range of activities on offer at both venues.
The access strategy was developed in collaboration with Council’s Mosman Access and Mobility Community Consultative Committee.