International Day of People with a Disability

International Day of People with a Disability

Last week Buxton Primary School students celebrated the achievements and contributions of people with a disability as part of International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) with a special day of activities.

Murrindindi Shire Council CEO and Chair of the Access and Inclusion Committee, Margaret Abbey said IDPwD was developed to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability.

“This special day gave Buxton’s students and teachers the opportunity to experience some of the challenges people with a disability face every day,” Ms Abbey said.  “Buxton’s students and teachers all participated in the activities.

“The activities were modelled on what life might be like with a mobility issue, or with vision, speech or hearing impairments.

“Activities included wheelchair basketball, navigating an obstacle course with special vision-impairing glasses and later a silent afternoon tea only using Auslan to communicate before a game of charades.

“The school also heard from Wendy Kelly, Rural Access Worker from Nexus Health and Lincoln Budge, who spoke of their many achievements as well as some of the challenges they face living with a disability,” said Ms Abbey.

This event was an initiative of Murrindindi Shire Council’s Access and Inclusion Committee and was run in conjunction with Nexus Primary Health and Buxton Primary School.

For more information about this event and other initiatives of the Access and Inclusion Committee contact Council’s Manager Community Services Naomi McNamara on 5772 0333

About James Anderson

Founder / Director of Lake Eildon Tourism, in operation since 1998 - James is a father of two, has a strong passion for the Lake Eildon area having grown up in Eildon - and today, heads a digital media agency - Turbo 360.