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More than 100 events to be held as part of Don't Dis My Ability campaign

4 November 2011



More than 100 suburban and regional events will be held across NSW as part of the State Government's Don't DIS My ABILITY campaign to celebrate the diversity and achievements of people with a disability.

NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance said the theme for this year's campaign, which gets underway today, was technology and independence.

"Social networking is increasingly helping people with a disability to connect and overcome isolation and be independent," Mr Constance said.

"It is also enabling them to access the right services to meet their specific needs, remain informed and have a say in the way disability services are delivered."

Key events for this year's month-long campaign, which culminates in the United Nation's International Day of People with a Disability on 3 December, include:

  • The Access All Areas Film Festival - a free all ages event in metropolitan and regional areas featuring movies that are open captioned, audio described, auslan interpreted and at venues that are wheelchair accessible.
  • The Accessible Arts Grants and Mentoring program - seed funding to produce interactive events and workshops across all art forms. The program also provides artists with a disability an advisor or mentor to assist with artistic development.
  • Get DIS Party Started - a dance party at Bonnyrigg Sports Club for Companion Card holders and their carers featuring a live DJ and roving performers.

"In addition, grants have been provided to regional areas so they can conduct their own localised events," Mr Constance said.

"I encourage communities to get involved in the events being held across the State and learn more about the contributions and achievements of people with a disability."

To help promote the campaign, Ageing, Disability and Home Care has produced the Made you look publication which comprises feature articles about disability-related issues and profiles of this year's 15 ambassadors.

For further information about the Don't DIS my ABILITY Ambassadors, events and activities, visit www.dontdismyability.com.au or join in the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

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