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Celebrating International Day of People with a Disability 2011

Published: Tuesday, 29 November 2011

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On 3 December this year, Australians will celebrate International Day of People with Disability.

This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the achievements of millions of people throughout the world who have a disability, nearly 4 million of whom are in Australia.

“Everyone in our community has an obligation to support those with a disability live a life of dignity, whereby they receive all the necessary support and assistance they require. The contribution to society of people with a disability is extremely significant and deserves to be celebrated and valued by us all,” Mr Frydenberg said.

This year is particularly important as the Parliament debates a proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme. The NDIS has the potential to substantially improve the funding available to people with a disability, improving their lives as well as those of their families and their carers. 

“The current funding arrangements in Australia for people with a disability are applied differently across states, providing insufficient support for those in need. That is why I have strongly supported the NDIS both in and out of the Parliament, as it has the capacity to be a real game changer, improving the lives of thousands of Australians,” Mr Frydenberg said.

In the electorate of Kooyong, there are wonderful schools and facilities, like St Paul’s College at Villa Maria in Kew and Belmore School in Balwyn which provide high quality services and care for those with a disability. There are also many leaders in our community working to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people living with a disability.

“In particular I am delighted to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Ms Ariane Garner-Williams, one of six specially appointed national disability ambassadors. Nineteen year old, Ms Garner-Williams, has cerebral palsy. She lives in Balwyn North and is renowned for her work helping other young people with a disability in our community. Having been a member of the Federal Government’s Youth Roundtable and board member of the Cerebral Palsy Support Network, Ariane is an extraordinary role model to many,” Mr Frydenberg said. 

In the words of Ariane Garner Williams “I believe every person with a disability deserves to be treated as equal by every person they encounter.” How right she is. The International Day of People with a Disability is an occasion for our community to reaffirm our commitment to the sentiment expressed by Ariane and proudly celebrate the valuable contribution people with a disability make to our society.

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