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International Day of People with Disability

3 December is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). It is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. 

"The City of Parramatta Council recognises the International Day of People with Disability in 2021 with a program of activities and events for the community, for people with and without disability. The City aims to do our part in removing barriers to participation for people with disability and in creating inclusive communities so that everyone gets the chance to thrive. The City also calls upon services and the wider community to keep the needs and interests of people with disabilities at the centre of each person’s support and participation, as everyone is an individual, with individual needs, challenges and goals. There is no single experience of disability.”
 

Find out more about Disability Access and Inclusion at Council

For IDPwD 2021, Council has created a program of activities and events to recognise the lived experiences of people with disability, celebrate their contributions, showcase Council’s accessible services, and educate the community.  Below you will find a list of events, activities and resources, with links to relevant pages for further information and bookings if required. Please continue to visit this page as more events and details become available.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan Renewal


Community Forums

The City of Parramatta’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan is designed to strengthen Council’s commitment to inclusion, consultation, and rights for people with disability. The current Plan is due for renewal and we want to hear about your experiences, your big ideas, what you see as opportunities for the City. You can participate through several online forums available until 5pm on Wednesday 8 December 2021, and feedback over the phone is also available.
 

Join the conversation

 

Passionate About Access in Parramatta


Celebrating Our Access Advisory Committee

The City of Parramatta’s Access Advisory Committee helps Council ensure our facilities and services are accessible and inclusive for everyone, every day of the year. Committee Members are people with disability and/or have relevant expertise, and who are passionate about access in Parramatta. Most recently, the Committee played key advisory roles in the design process for the Parramatta Aquatic Centre and the inclusive playground at Ollie Web Reserve. The current term of the Committee has just ended, and the call for Expressions of Interest in Membership for the new Committee will take place early in 2022.
 

Access Advisory Committee


Meet Members of the current Access Committee:
 

John

"As a person with 50 years of lived experience of severe physical disability, I volunteer to be a Member of the Committee so that Council can have first-hand advice about the access needs of people with disabilities as we live, work, visit, or seek entertainment in Parramatta.”

John has been a Committee Member for over 25 years. John is highly respected for his wealth of knowledge drawn from personal experience as a wheelchair user and expertise in legislation and regulations, such as building standards and the Disability Discrimination Act.


 

 

Access Committee member John

Susan

“As someone who is totally blind, and having been an advocate for the needs of people who are blind or have low vision most of my adult life, I feel as a Committee Member I can bring both my experience of disability and my experience in systemic advocacy to the City of Parramatta where I work.

Susan joined the Committee in 2017, bringing in-depth knowledge about the needs of the vision impaired drawn from personal experience as a blind person and her professional advocacy work with Vision Australia.

 

 

Access Committee member Susan

Scott

"Being part of the Access Committee has given me a chance to make change, with making sure Council’s projects suit everybody with all types of disabilities. I am honoured to have had the chance to volunteer on such an important Committee”.

Scott also joined the Committee in 2017, and as a young person with personal experience of disability as a wheelchair user, brings a fresh and different perspective of life and access in Parramatta and the needs of carers.

 

 

Access Committee member Scott

Heritage Centre Events


Nature Walk and Wheel

Guided Bushwalk

  • When: Thursday, 2 December 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Where: Parramatta Park
  • Description: An interactive bushwalk that follows a wheelchair accessible, concrete pathway through beautiful bush surrounds.  Be engaged by this rich environment and its intriguing history. Accessible toilets available.
  • Access: Auslan interpretation, wheelchair accessible, accessible toilets
  • Cost: FREE but bookings essential via Eventbrite
     

More information and bookings


Guided Bushwalk

  • When: Friday, 3 December 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Location of Activity: Third Settlement Reserve, Winston Hills
  • Description: An interactive bushwalk that follows a wheelchair accessible, concrete pathway through beautiful bush surrounds.  Be engaged by this rich environment and its intriguing history. Accessible toilets available.
  • Access: Auslan interpretation, wheelchair accessible, accessible toilets
  • Cost: FREE but bookings essential via Eventbrite
     

More information and bookings

 

A lizard


Warami Mittigar - First Nations Cultural Walk

Guided Walk and Cultural Presentation

  • When: Saturday, 4 December 2021. 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Where: Meet at the Riverside Theatres entrance
  • Description: Join a traditional custodian on this relaxed walk to learn how local First Nations clans survived and thrived in the Parramatta region.  Discover ongoing connections to country.
  • Access: Auslan interpretation, wheelchair accessible
  • Cost: FREE but booking essential via Eventbrite
     

More information and bookings

 

A group of people observing plants in nature.


First Nations Weaving Workshop

Interactive Workshop

  • When: Saturday, 4 December 2021, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Where: Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre
  • Description: Celebrate First Nations Culture by learning some traditional weaving techniques.  A Dharug custodian will share the oral history of the coiled weave and explain natural fibres and their uses.
  • Access: Auslan interpretation, wheelchair accessible
  • Cost: FREE but bookings essential via Eventbrite
     

Further information and bookings

 

A woman weaving


Parramatta Online Trivia Challenge

Live Online Trivia Quiz

  • When: Sunday 5th December 2021 2pm – 3pm
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • Description: Love trivia but find the pub atmosphere too challenging?  Then join us for this free, live and online Parramatta quiz, featuring three top-secret topics.
  • Access: Quiz questions will be both verbal and written
  • Cost: FREE but bookings essential via Eventbrite
     

Further information and bookings

 

 

Library Events


NDIS Information Sessions - December 2021

Live stream talks (English & Mandarin)

  • When: Monday, 29 November 2021
    Mandarin, 10:30am - 12:00pm
    English, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • Description: Learn how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) can help you or your loved ones living with disability in this online information session provided by Uniting.
  • Cost: FREE but bookings required via Eventbrite
     

More information and bookings - Mandarin


More information and bookings - English 


In Conversation with Kay Kerr

Live streamed author talk

  • When: Thursday, 9 December 2021, 4:00pm
  • Where: Online via Zoom
  • Description: Kay Kerr will be in conversation with Bedelia Lowrenčev (an artist, advocate and self-described Kay Kerr fangirl!), chatting about her new romantic coming-of-age story “Social Queue” addressing autism, in association with Text Publishing.
  • Cost: FREE but bookings required via Eventbrite 
     

More information and bookings

 

Author Kay Kerr

 

Riverside Theatres Events


Stages of Change: Unpacking Representation

Panel discussion with performance

  • When: Friday, 3 December 2021, 4:00 – 5:30pm
  • Venue: Riverside Theatres
  • Description: A panel of speakers with different experiences of disability will discuss the current Australian arts scene, what representation means to them and how it could be developed for a more inclusive future. Panelists include a director, actor, accessibility consultant, multi-disciplinary artist, and a first nations writer, novelist, poet and educator. There will be performance element, art prize awarded and followed by light refreshments.
  • Access: Wheelchair accessible, Auslan interpretation, captions, and live streamed.
  • Free but bookings required via Riverside.
     

More information and bookings
 

Collision by LOW Standards through PYT Fairfield residency
Image: Collision by LOW Standards through PYT Fairfield residency Photo: Anna Kučera

Library Resources


The Library has a variety of resources to increase your knowledge and understanding of people with disabilities. The majority of our libraries are now open (limited hours) for 'click and collect' and for browsing. For those unable to get to one of our libraries we have online resources available and membership is free.

  • Stories of people with disabilities
    Be inspired by these biographies of those living with a disability or be entertained by these stories featuring characters with a disability.
  • Books for Adults
    Expand your knowledge of disabilities with this wide range of titles aimed at adults and parents.
  • Books for Young Adults
    A selection of non-fiction and fiction titles featuring disability and those living with disability written for young adults.
  • Books for Children
    Explaining disability to children can be challenging or finding representation of children living with disabilities can be diifficult. These titles can aid in these tasks.
  • Books at Home
    A curated list of eBook titles featuring information, biographies and stories of people living with disabilities.
  • Videos
    A variety of disability themed streaming video and DVD titles for those that would prefer to learn or be inspired by watching.

In partnership with:

 

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