Lights Up 2015
Lights Up! for People with Disability
For the first time in 2014, iconic buildings around the nation were lit up in blue and orange in celebration of people of all abilities in our community.
The Lights Up! Initiative continued in 2015, with buildings lighting up in celebration and support of International Day of People with Disability.
Lights Up! for People with Disability follows on from similar successful and high-profile campaigns (including Harmony Day) where iconic buildings and landmarks light up to draw attention to a cause.
This highly visible strategy is a way to provoke curiosity, start a conversation and subsequently increase awareness of IDPwD and of the everyday — as well as the sometimes extraordinary — contribution people with disability make to Australian life.
The following structures were part of Lights Up! For People with Disability in 2015:
- Australian Capital Territory
- Telstra Tower
- Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
- Bowen Place Crossing
- Department of Defence
- Ian Potter House, Canberra
- New South Wales
- Sydney Town Hall
- Toowoomba Town Hall
- Story Bridge, Brisbane
- Western Australia
- Bell Tower Perth
- West Australian Museum, Perth
- South Australia
- Adelaide Oval
- Rundle Mall, Adelaide
- Melbourne’s Federation Square
- Deakin University’s ‘cubes’ at its Burwood, Geelong and Warrnambool campuses
Why blue and orange?
Orange and blue are the colours of IDPwD and represent the two ‘pillars’ of our approach.
The colour blue is strongly associated with equality and accessibility, and symbolises encouraging support for the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disability.
The orange — often used to signify harmony and diversity — reminds us of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Together, they remind us to strive for a community culture that’s based on human rights and inclusiveness, which will enrich all our lives.
Would you like to join us?
Are you responsible for a building or structure that you’d like to see lit up for Lights Up! for People with Disability?
Can you recommend a building or structure in your community that you think would look great lit up in blue and orange?
Participating in Lights Up! is a great way for communities, businesses and local councils to show their support for people of all abilities across Australia, and across the globe.
It’s also a chance to draw attention to the work your organisation is doing to improve accessibility for your staff and visitors, and to support human rights, equality and inclusiveness throughout the community.
We welcome your ideas and suggestions! Contact us and let us know your thoughts.