Inclusive celebrations begin this week

Monday, 29 November 2021

In the lead up to International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on Friday 3 Decembe 2021r, the City of Greater Geelong invites community members to take part in a range of free activities celebrating the importance of inclusion.

IDPwD is celebrated annually across the globe and each year the City partners with local organisations to deliver a range of free community events in the lead up to the day, which is sanctioned by the United Nations, with the aim to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

From Saturday 20 November to Friday 3 December 2021, a range of activities and events will take place online including a trivia competition, virtual forum and an online exhibition. 

The City is hosting four activities as part of the program, including:

  1. an announcement of the Geelong Awards for People with a Disability recipients
  2. an extraordinary online collection of multi-media stories from more than 300 participants in the MY STORY Project
  3. the Clued In! sports quiz competition in partnership with Sport4All and
  4. an invitation to visit the I AM sculpture at the Waterfront, take a selfie and post it online using the #IAMGeelong hashtag.

In addition to the virtual art on display for the MY STORY Project, Nelson Park School, in partnership with the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, will host an art book exhibition and Encompass Community Services will run its art show and competition.

Rounding out the program on Friday 3 December 2021, International Day of People with Disability, disability advocates Moana and Vinny Hope, Carly Findlay, and Sam Bailey will speak at genU’s ‘Together’ forum and on the same day Gateways Support Services will launch an all-inclusive bike track – the main event after a week where participants will exhibit their talents and skills through market stalls.

It’s estimated that over 14,000 people in Geelong are living with some form of disability, with one in five Australians expected to experience a mental health challenge in their lifetime.

This annual celebration helps to promote a fully inclusive community in Greater Geelong.

For the full program of events and activities available and to make bookings visit our International Day of People with a Disability page.

Councillor Stephanie Asher - Mayor

These events help continue the conversation about access and inclusion while celebrating the contributions people with disability and mental health challenges make in the community.

Celebrations like this help to build more understanding and awareness of our diverse community. 

I encourage community members to get involved - see the I AM sculpture at the Waterfront, listen to important conversations at genU’s Together forum or prove your knowledge in the sports quiz. There’s something for everyone! 

Councillor Anthony Aitken - Chair of the Volunteering and Disability portfolio

The program offers plenty of opportunities to learn, have fun and celebrate inclusion in Greater Geelong.

A fully accessible and inclusive community truly benefits everyone.

These celebrations are an important step towards our goal of becoming an inclusive, diverse, healthy and socially connected community and I’d like to thank the local organisations that have joined us on that journey.

Page last updated: Tuesday, 30 November 2021