How will your school celebrate International Day of People with Disability? Each year, throughout November and December, NSW celebrates the Don’t DIS my ABILITY campaign. Different organisations host events and the campaign publishes Made You Look, a great magazine about all things disability!

International Day of People with Disability will be on  Tuesday 3rd December. You might like to discuss it with your teachers or check out some of the events in your local area.

You might not have considered that there is work for Events Managers or Campaign Managers in the disability and community care sector. The team at Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) who manage Don’t DIS my ABILITY include Events Managers, Graphic Designers, IT Professionals and Social Media specialists, all involved in creating a statewide awareness campaign. If politics is more your thing, consider the team who are lobbying for the NDIS, with the highly successful Every Australian Counts campaign.

If you are interested in frontline support work, you may end up doing a little Events Management anyway. Read about Ryan on the carecareers blog, who loves organising International Day of People with Disability events at The Disability Trust, where he is a Manager of Sport and Recreation Services. Or read about Jacqui, who organised an art exhibition and concert as part of her role at Northwest Disability Services.

Make sure you get involved and celebrate International Day of People with Disability this year. We will be!

creating communities online

What did we do before the internet?

The internet has replaced looking up a number in the phone book, queuing in line at the bank, waiting on hold, doing your research at the library.

For people living with disability, the internet has made huge changes. In the last 15 years, accessing information has been revolutionised – and as a result, those with limited mobility, hearing loss, vision impairment or the need for plain English websites can access information in more ways than ever before.

Here at projectABLE we’ve been keeping a close eye on the online community and disability – how inclusive the web is, how accessible it is, and in the best cases, how empowering it can be.

Bloggers have in recent years kind of become the new rock stars, and where rock stars with disability on stage have been somewhat lacking, they now make up for in waves online.

Some blogs, advocacy groups and communities we’ve come to love at projectABLE:

  • Stella Young on The Drum – Stella Young, a Melbourne based activist, is a blogger, comedian, activist in disability and editor of ABC’s online disability publication Ramp Up.
  • Ramp Up is produced by the ABC and is an opinion and news column for and about communities living with disability
  • Youth Disability Advocacy Service  – Established in 2006 and funded by the State Government, YDAS is the only disability advocacy service in Australia (and possibly the world) which exists specifically to represent and work on issues of concern to specifically young people with disabilities.
  • Disability Scoop is a US based online magazine covering a range of topics for and about people with disability
  • Enable is a UK based online publication covering many aspects of life when living with disability – travel, employment, the arts and more.

Have you found other similar online communities? Share with us your experience. We also regularly post interesting finds regarding disability on our Twitter and Facebook.