International Day for People with a Disability

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International Day for People with a Disability is celebrated by Jewish Care
By Donna Surdut

Jewish Care celebrated the International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) with a fun-filled family event at Hamerkaz Shelanu on Sunday, 30 November, with around 150 guests. The day aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing.

This event marked an important day for those within our own community with a disability, their families, friends, Jewish Care staff and many other stakeholders. It was a morning filled with joy and celebration and a time when the community could come together, celebrate diversity and recognise the achievements and contributions of people living with disability.

Clients and families were entertained with fun activities such as balloon artist, face painting, a magician and Israeli dancing, with plenty of prizes given out by David Southwick MP.

Meanwhile, across Australia, more than 600 events were held to celebrate and promote IDPwD, ranging from morning teas to karaoke competitions and dinner dances. The day also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Jewish Care is planning on opening the Disability Respite Centre for children and adults living with disability, at 476-478 Glen Eira Road, Caulfield North, in September 2015. This Centre is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art building that has been designed around an innovative model of care, and developed through extensive communal consultation and broad industry research.

Featuring the latest in style, innovation and functionality, the unique architectural design will cater for both children and adults in separate wings and will feature custom-built playgrounds, sensory rooms, separate succahs for children and adults, kosher kitchens and other culturally specific amenities.

Media contact:
Ayal Tusia, Manager Marketing & Communications
Tel. (03) 8517 5701 Mob. 0434 376 424 Email. atusia@jewishcare.org.au

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