MORE than 500 West Australians marked International Day of People with Disability at a sold-out lunch hosted by National Disability Services (NDS) WA at Crown on December 2.
Celebrated by millions throughout the world, the UN-sanctioned day highlighted the progress made in breaking down barriers that people with disability face on a daily basis and celebrating the achievement and contribution of people.
Minister for Disability Services Donna Faragher said the theme – Transforming Our World – promoted the removal of all barriers including those relating to the physical environment, information and communications technology, or even attitudes.
“This year we have a diverse group of speakers and performers with disability who will share their stories and achievements,” NDS state manager WA Julie Waylen said.
Mrs Faragher said those attending the lunch heard from Perth lawyer Catia Malaquias, who is the mother of a young boy with Down syndrome, and from athlete and model Robyn Lambird, who spoke about their campaign to encourage retailers to feature people with disability in mainstream advertising.
Ms Malaquias is the founder of Starting with Julius, a not-for-profit project that aims to increase the number of people with disability in advertising.
“The project is achieving great success, regularly facilitating the use of models with disability in catalogues for Kmart, Target, Betts Kids, Rock Your Baby and many more,” Mrs Faragher said.