International Day of People with Disability
Celebrate, Reflect, Act
The 3 December each year is the United Nations International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). This IDPwD, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) celebrates the achievements and contributions of people with disability, reflects on our gains in creating equity and inclusion, and continues to act to make our human rights a reality.
IDPwD 2016 coincides with the ten year anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and along with the recent UN adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it underpins this year’s IDPwD theme - “Achieving 17 goals for the Future We Want”.
“People with disability have been critical to the development of the CRPD and the SDGs, and we continue to focus on making our rights a reality in Australia to achieve the future we want,” said Therese Sands, Director DPO Australia. “People with disability fought for the development of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and shaped government measures to achieve an inclusive society through the National Disability Strategy (NDS). We now need to ensure that we remain central to the implementation of the NDIS and NDS.”
“There remains much more to be done to address ongoing human rights violations that expose the reality of our lives. Almost half of people with disability continue to live in poverty and are half as likely to be employed as people without disability. People with disability still live in segregated, institutional environments, continue to experience high levels of violence and abuse, can be indefinitely detained in prisons without conviction, face discrimination in immigration policy, and still face significant barriers to inclusive education, our communities and services”, continued Ms Sands. “DPO Australia will continue to take concerted and comprehensive action, and work with Australian governments to address these human rights violations”.
DPO Australia has set out its priorities for action in its Activity Work Plan 2016-2017.
A call to action and 13 policy priorities for a commitment by political parties are set out in the 2016 Election Platform.
Therese Sands: 0412 935 128
Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) is an alliance of four national Disabled People’s Organisations (organisations made up of and led by people with disability). DPO Australia was founded by, and is made up of the First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDNA) representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) representing culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) a national cross-disability organisation and Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), the national organisation representing women and girls with disability.