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International Day of People with Disability 2022

On 3 December every year, people around the world come together to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).

The day is a chance for people to learn more about disability and what we can do to break down barriers and make our communities more inclusive for everyone.

This year’s theme is ‘Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world’.

About IDPwD

IDPwD is a global awareness day celebrating the achievements and contributions of people with disabilities while creating opportunities for inclusion.

Every year, IDPwD is celebrated through events that bring together people with disabilities, their families and friends, caregivers, professionals and members of the public.

A woman is looking at her support worker smiling, there are craft supplies on the table between them

IDPwD brings people together through various activities

IDPwD events in Melbourne

Organisations and local councils across Melbourne are hosting a variety of events to recognise IDPwD this year. Some of these events include conferences, sporting events, performances, art exhibitions and more.

If you’d like to participate, here are a few events happening across our city:

Abbotsford

When: 1 December, 2 PM to 3 December, 8 PM

Where: Abbotsford Convent

What: Memory-Go-Round 2022

Registration: via Trybooking.com.

If you’ve ever wanted to step into the world of someone else’s story, Memory-Go-Round (MGR) is your chance. This three-day event features art and installations by five disabled artists, telling lesser-shared stories of resilience and connection.

You’ll journey into a deep and introspective space of storytelling, from the interior of a car to the memory of being in church to a dressing room, then on to Oliver Twist and finally finishing with a sensory garden experience. MGR uses expressive imagination through stories told through light/shadow play, sound texture, taste and smell.

You can find more details on Taka Takiguchi’s website.

Sunbury

When: 2 December, 12 to 5 PM

Where: Hume Global Learning Centre

What: Be Seen @ International Day of People With Disability

Registration: via Facebook Event page

Maybe you want to go dancing, have fun with music, eat some food, and make friends? Or perhaps you want to watch a movie or learn something new?

Hume Global Learning Centre is having it all! These organisations are hosting a day full of fun activities:

  • Distinctive Options
  • InKrewsive HipHop
  • InSynch Choir
  • DO Honey
  • The DO Food Project Cafe
  • Toastie Truck from Uniting
  • Cameron’s CoffeeHouse
  • Reclink Australia
  • Tate Kemp from All Abilities Public Speaking
  • Country Care
  • Connecting Staff
  • Specialist Hoops All Abilities Basketball
  • others

Docklands

When: 2 December, 6:30 PM to 11 PM

Where: Marvel Stadium

What: Law Enforcement Torch Run Gala Ball

Registration: via the Torch Run website

Dress up, dance the night away and be entertained by special performances at the Law Enforcement Torch Run Gala Ball. The event is in support of Special Olympics Victoria, raising funds and awareness for Special Olympics Athletes across Victoria.

The night will include a sumptuous dinner, music from a live band and dancing!

More details on the Torch Run website.

St Albans

When: 3 December, 2 to 7 PM

Where: Bowery Theatre

What: Meet Me at the Disco

Registration: via Trybooking.com

This event is perfect for lovers of theatre performances and community discos. It’s a celebration open to Brimbank residents and anyone who wants to join in on the fun.

There are two sessions of the theatre performance, at 2 PM and 6 PM. The community disco is at 3 PM.

For more information, visit Creative Brimbank.

Other venues

You can find more IDPwD events in Melbourne on the event calendar.

Our Mambourin Community Hubs participate in local events to celebrate IDPwD each year. Talk to your local hub team to find out more about what’s happening in your area.

We will also update this page as other events are announced – stay tuned!

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Our choices for leisure and recreation, social and interest and community could be of help. You can contact us directly to learn more.

A man is sitting playing a drum, a support worker stands beside him shaking a maraca

Enjoy music activities to celebrate IDPwD

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