Home' The Canberra Times : International Day For Persons With Disabilities Contents THE CANBERRA TIMES TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013
International Day of People
with Disability (IDPwD) is on
December 3 and celebrates the
important role that people with
disability play in society.
In 2013, you will be joining
millions of people from
Australia and all over the world
to celebrate IDPwD's 21st
IDPwD promotes an
understanding of the barriers
experienced by people with
disability. It encourages
everyone to think
about ways of
uniting people with
disability and the
Like you, people
with disability go to
school, go to work,
love having fun, and are
part of families.
What's IDPwD all about?
Let's break barriers and open doors!
On the website
there's a student
section with heaps
of great information.
Try the interactive
and test your
Check out the website
Carl lives with disability
and enjoys life to the max!
He has the important job
of teaching people all about
electric wheelchairs. He explains
how they can improve the lives of
people who use them. For fun and
relaxation Carl enjoys playing video
games and listening to music too.
Meet three other people with disability
who are making a difference by helping
other people with disability.
Meet Carl Thompson
What you can do right now
Implement change: Take some simple steps to make your business or community
more accessible for people with disability and people who are ageing.
THERE are many things you can do to
make your business or community
accessible for people with disability and
people who are ageing.
Australian research indicates that 86
per cent of all workplace adjustments
cost less than $500 and could be
implemented quickly (Diversity at Work,
2008). Sometimes the most effective
changes don't cost much at all.
Nican is working with ACT Business
Leaders Innovative Thoughts and Solu-
tions to develop the disability confidence
of organisations through changes large
Here are some things organisations or
individuals can do right now:
Here are 10 hot tips for great cus-
1. Put a pencil and pad on a counter so
that a person with a hearing impair-
ment can communicate.
2. Have the number for a wheelchair
taxi on hand.
3. Speak clearly and at an appropriate
speed, while looking directly at a per-
4. Put a hook on your service counter
so that a person can hook their cane
there without it falling down.
5. Have some straws on hand in an
eating or drinking area.
6. Print out some laminated cards
with basic information in large print,
simple language and using clipart to
help with common customer interac-
7. Move a sturdy chair with arms into
a waiting area.
8. Find out how to enlarge print on
computer screens which you use when
talking with customers. Check out
accessibility features in your computer's
9. If you have a job that needs doing,
contact an Australian Disability Enter-
prise to find out how they can help.
10. Take a look around your places
and spaces -- check if there is any clutter
or boxes which might present a barrier.
Hold a clean-up day to remove clutter
and boxes in hallways and traffic areas.
If you want to do more, check out the
Australian Standards for disability
access, or take a look at the action
plans on the Australian Human Rights
Commission site at
Register your accessible service on
Nican's national database and smart-
phone app at www.nican.com.au
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