International Day of People with Disability

3rd December

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally on 3 December. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and to celebrate their achievements and contributions. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. This day is an opportunity for organisations and thought leaders to assess and rethink their own policies and practices in this sphere.

The annual theme provides an overarching focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers for people with disability. Seeking to create a society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.

Our speakers with disabilities offer their personal perspectives and engaging stories, to celebrate, inspire and motivate positive change.

More information and resources about International Day of People with Disability are available here.


  • Carly Findlay

    Carly Findlay

    Carly Findlay OAM is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Her first book, a memoir called Say Hello, was released in January 2019. Carly edited the anthology Growing Up […]

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  • Nicole Lee

    Nicole Lee

    Nicole Lee is a family violence survivor and passionate advocator. After suffering a decade of abuse at the hands of her former husband, Nicole now uses her lived-experience of family […]

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  • Mike Rolls

    Mike Rolls

    For Mike Rolls, adversity is a part of life, it’s not a question of if you will face challenges, only a question of when. The real question is, how will […]

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  • Khadija Gbla

    Differences in culture and background are simply that – differences. Not better or worse, simply different. Khadija Gbla is a cultural consultant and peer educator with unmatched ability to bridge […]

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  • Fiona Wright

    Fiona Wright

    Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance, about her experience of chronic illness and a long-term eating disorder, won the 2016 […]

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  • Astrid Edwards

    Astrid Edwards

    Astrid Edwards is a writer, teacher, podcaster and director. She is one half of Bad Producer Productions, a podcast company with eleven successful (and six awarded) podcasts to date. Astrid is […]

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  • Donna Campisi

    Donna Campisi

    Donna Campisi embodies the spirit of adventure and resilience. From spearheading a successful fundraising campaign with the mantra ‘there’s no such thing as can’t,’ Donna has evolved into a dynamic […]

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