International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations (UN) observed day recognised on 3 December each year. IDPwD aims to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of the 4.4 million people with disability in Australia.
To celebrate this year, we reached out to our teams Australia-wide to ask how their roles promoted healthy lives and well-being for people with disability:
“Positive behaviour support isn’t just about managing behaviour – it’s a commitment to creating a positive environment. And it’s about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for people with disability. In my role, I work closely with individuals and their support networks to create tailored plans.”
Fay Whyte, Behaviour Support Practitioner, Western Australia
“Using music as a medium to connect with participants and build skills that relate to their cognitive, social, physical and emotional well-being, I offer people with disability a non-verbal and creative way to achieve their goals and support them in daily life.”
Grainee Lee, Music Therapist, Queensland
“The most powerful way that I can ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for people with disability is to ensure that everything that I do directly involves the person with disability and is for the person with disability. Through tailoring each person’s plan to reflect their own goals and values and supporting and empowering them to live and achieve those goals and values.”
Kelly Deslandes, Behaviour Support Practitioner, Victoria
“The speech pathology team work on improving people’s communication where it’s needed for people with disability. A lot of their goals might involve being able to communicate with carers, family, friends or other people in the community more effectively and through this ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for people with disability
Rachel Borazio, Speech Therapist, New South Wales
On this International Day of People with Disability, let’s come together and promotes healthy lives and well-being for people with disability.