It’s time to figure out what type of event would work best for your school, community, organisation or business.
You can also start by thinking about where you want to host your event, a school football field, auditorium, community center then figure out what kind of events would work in that space.
Some initial things for you to think about:
- Consider your venue carefully. Who might attend? Is it easy to get to? Is there suitable/adequate parking and access? Is your venue suitable for people with mobility issues?
- Think about the weather. If you are holding an outside event, is a contingency plan necessary in case of poor weather conditions?
- What facilities are available? Do they meet your needs?
- Should media be invited and if so be able to get there and set up equipment easily?
- What equipment will you need?
- Do you need to think about signage?
- How long will your event go for?
Ideas of events you could hold
|Art||Ask local artists to dedicate an art show or develop a piece of art on the lives of people with disability, Or
Run an art class painting using your mouth or feet (no hands).
|Awards||Hold a local awards ceremony that recognises the achievements of people with disability in your community. You could recognise local sportspeople, employers, carers, and business with good access.||Community|
|Awareness in action||IDPwD Lapel ribbon – Make these available in your school, community or workplace and encourage people to take a photo (why not take a group photo?) and post on Facebook.
Don’t forget to link to www.facebook.com/idpwd or use the #IDPwD.
Put up posters
|Awareness day||Mark the day within your school, organisation or business by promoting IDPwD as a staff awareness day in conjunction with other activities.||Business
|Breakfast or brunch||Host a breakfast or brunch to mark IDPwD and invite a guest’s speaker or make an announcement.||Businesses
|Creative Competition||Use the theme ‘break down the barriers and celebrate ability’ for a creative writing competition. A fiction or nonfiction short story, poem, artwork, multimedia production.||Community
|Concert||Tickets to a special concert or performance or a concert for people with disability.||Everyone|
|Cocktail Party||Host a cocktail party to mark IDPwD invite a guest speaker or make an announcement.||Business
|Discounts||Provide discounts, maybe a come and try day or two for one offer for people with disability and carers. This might suit sport, recreation, leisure and event venues. You can also sign up to the Companion Card schemes on offer.||Businesses|
|Expo||A disability expo organised by your diversity area where local disability organisations can set up stalls with information about goods and services. You might also like to involve your local Centrelink office.||Business
|Fundraise||Find out more about an organisation providing services and support for people with disability and undertake a funding drive for them or identify a volunteering opportunity.||Everyone|
|Guest Speaker||Organise a guest speaker to talk about disability issues or to share their story in your workplace, school or community.||Everyone|
|Lunch||Host a lunch to mark IDPwD, invite a guests speaker or make an announcement.||Business
|Open day||If you are an employer of people with disability, or a school with a focus or a facility with new accessible equipment or features hold an open day.||Everyone|
|Morning tea||Host a morning tea.||Everyone|
|Sports carnival||Run an inclusive sports carnival featuring seated volleyball, wheelchair basketball etc.||School
|Sport game||Run a sports game like seated volleyball, wheelchair basketball, goalball, treasure hunt relay (in a wheelchair), wheelchair dancing, bushwalk with blindfolds or navigate the playground.||School|
|Sausage Sizzle||A sausage sizzle in a local park or community locations where every dollar can support a local organisation helping people with disability.||Everyone|
|Working bee||Have a working bee to remove obstacles which might create barriers for people with disability as employees, visitors or customers in your organisations.||Organisation Business|
Ideas for celebrating and supporting IDPwD
You may not be able to host a large event, but you can still show your awareness through other celebrations.
|Accessibility challenge||Investigate and remove some of barriers in your classroom, canteen, and school environment so a person with disability can better navigate or reach items.||Everyone|
|Action Plan||Commit to creating a Disability Action Plan (see the Australian Governments Disability Action Plan – Framework for business) or unveil your plan on IDPwD.||Organisation
|Article||Develop an article on disability issues or profile a person with disability in your school or organisation for your newsletter, website or local media.||Everyone|
|Day out||A day at the park or the beach or have a picnic.||Everyone|
|Display||Put up a display about disability issues at your local shopping centre, library, school or workplace.||Everyone|
|Famous people||Find out about some famous people with disability throughout history and make up posters about them.||School|
|Hiring commitment||Announce a hiring commitment or work on your diversity policy. Use a resource guide like the Managers Guide: Disability in the Workplace, produced by the Australian Network on Disability, to support you.||Organisation
|International understanding||Find out how people with disability live in other countries or how people lived in the past? What is different now?||School|
|Logo||Use the IDPwD logo on your payslips, flyers, internal memos, newsletters or other material for the week around IDPwD.||School
|Online Conversation||Link your activities and online platforms like your website, Facebook page, twitter to conversations on disability.||Everyone|
|Poster||Design an awareness poster (maybe you could have a competiont).||School|
|Profile people with disability||Profile a person with disability who is a student, employee or community leader in your newsletter, staff bulletin or intranet or local media.||Everyone|
|Research||Undertake research to find out more about the lives of people with disability in your workplace or community.
Undertake a research project on different types of disability and what the barriers are people with disability face in everyday life.
|Role play||Imagine you have a disability and write about it.||School|
|Volunteer||Find out more about an organisation providing services and support for people with disability and identify a volunteering opportunity.||Everyone|
|Web link||Place a link or a web badge to IDPwD website on your homepage to raise awareness and show your support.||Everyone|