Awesome fun to honour disability day

Disco dancing, outdoor cinema, and a morning of sailing are just some of the activities planned as Hume City Council honours International Day of People with Disability.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, encouraged residents with a disability, and carers, to join in the fun events.

“We want to ensure everyone in Hume can live life to the full, regardless of their age or ability,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Council has worked with the Hume Disability Issues Group to arrange a total of 11 events and each is either free or at a low cost.

“While International Day of People with Disability falls on 3 December 2015, we’ve scheduled activities for a number of dates in late November and December.”

The United Nations has declared the theme of International Day of People with Disability in 2015 is Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said a variety of different types of events was on offer.

“People can enjoy a session of sailing at Jack Roper Reserve in Broadmeadows and a BBQ by the tranquil lake,” she said.

“Farm animals and face painting will be star attractions at a community day to be held at Connections@Craigieburn.

“People can have a go at tennis, basketball, and lawn bowls at a sports day planned for the Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

“Discomania is the name of two separate dance parties for people with a disability, with one tailored especially to children, and these exciting events have been made possible with the help of Broadmeadows Disability Services.

“And film lovers can attend Craigieburn Leisure Centre for a family Christmas movie and a yuletide market, offering a wide selection of festive gifts.”

Events are also scheduled to assist people with a disability to access support or learn more about job opportunities.

In particular, the Sunbury Memorial Hall will accommodate an information session about the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The International Day of People with Disability was first proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992, to raise understanding and encourage assistance for people with a disability.

Hume City Council coordinates a variety of support for residents with a disability, including home help.

People can learn more about the Hume events planned for International Day of People with Disability if they contact Council on 9205 2200 or 133 667 (TTY National Relay Service).

Further information is also available here, and at Hume’s customer service centres.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 16 November 2015

Updated : 6:24 PM, 16 November 2015

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