International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of all people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.
Celebrated on the 3rd of December each year, IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally.
This year EPIC Assist (EPIC) was proud to attend and host many events across Queensland and New South Wales.
To begin the day representatives from our Windsor Support Hub attended The Zonta Club Brisbane East Inc breakfast. EPIC first supported Zonta in 2016 when the club received $10,000 through the EPIC Assist Community Grants Program. The grant enabled Zonta to continue the delivery of their school-based education program LOVE BiTES. It was a great morning and wonderful to celebrate the success and progress the club has made.
In Bundaberg, the local EPIC team partnered with the All Abilities Alliance to host a booth in the CBD pavilion. The event welcomed everyone to celebrate with giveaways and morning tea but also allowed people to learn more about the evolving disability sector.
EPIC was also proud to sponsor the wonderful event ‘Beyond Bayside.’ Held at Brisbane Bayside State College in Wynnum, attendees heard from many speakers with a disability making an impact on their community, listened to singers and musicians, and viewed a fashion parade from inclusive clothing store Hello Yello clothing.
On the northside of Brisbane, EPIC presented ‘Accessible Jobs’ at North Lakes Library. The presentation highlighted that when people with disabilities are hired, the individual, the employer and the community all benefit.
At Southern Cross University Lismore, EPIC was a part of a huge celebration. The day included live performances, a photo booth, art and dance workshops and a free BBQ. It was a delightful day and the team enjoyed connecting with a range of people interested in EPIC’s disability employment services.
The day ended with the Tweed Heads team attending the screening of a film by Tim Morrissey. The film was about Tim’s experience of living with down syndrome. An interview with the EPIC Tweed Heads team was included in the film. The night was a huge success, with the film receiving a great response.
EPIC was honoured to be a part of these various celebrations across Queensland and New South Wales. EPIC strives to help people with disability achieve their employment goals every day. To be able to celebrate these achievements on IDPwD with members of the community was very special.