Event ideas

It’s time to figure out what type of event would work best for your club, school, community group, workplace, business or organisation.
An International Day of People with disability event should involve and celebrate people with disability and be held on or around 3 December.

Check out this kit for ideas, tips and tricks to help you celebrate and plan your event.

Stuck for ideas on what kind of event to run? Check out the ideas below to get you started.

Event ideas

Activity Description Suited to
Art class
  • Run an art class painting with restricted senses e.g. without use of your hands or blindfolded.
Clubs
Schools
Community
Art show
  • Ask local artists to dedicate an art show or develop a piece of art on the lives of people with disability.
Community
Awards
  • Acknowledge the achievements of people with disability and those making positive contributions. E.g. recognise accomplishments of students or sportspeople, or businesses with good disability access.
Everyone
Awareness in action
  • Mark the day in your club, workplace, school, business or organisation through internal networks
  • Put up posters to celebrate and take a group photo and post on Facebook www.facebook.com/idpwd.
Everyone
Breakfast or brunch
  • Host a breakfast or brunch to mark the day.
  • Invite a person with disability and/or your local member of parliament to speak.
Businesses
Organisation
Creative Competition
  • Use the theme ‘break down the barriers and celebrate ability’ and run a competition. It could be a fiction or nonfiction short story, poem, artwork, or multimedia production.
School
Community
Workplace
Concert
  • Hold a concert to mark the day. It could feature people with disability or you could provide discounted tickets for people with disability.
  • Don’t forget to make sure the venue is accessible.
Club
Community
School
Discounts
  • Provide discounts for people with disability and carers to mark the day. This might suit sport, recreation, leisure and event venues.
Business
Expo
  • A disability expo where local organisations with a connection to disability can set up stalls with information about goods and services.
Business
Organisations Community
Fundraising
  • Help out a charity organisation associated with providing services and support for people with disability and undertake a funding drive or identify a volunteering opportunity.
Everyone
Guest Speaker
  • Organise a guest speaker to talk about disability issues or to share their story to inspire others.
Everyone
Lunch
  • Host a lunch to mark the day.
  • Invite a person with disability and/or your local member of parliament to speak.
Business
Organisation
Workplace
Open Day
  • Spread the word about any facilities, equipment, services or employment opportunities that will benefit people with disability by holding an open day.
Everyone
Morning tea
  • Host a morning tea to mark the day.
  • Invite a person with disability and/or your local member of parliament to speak.
Everyone
Sports carnival
  • Run an inclusive sports carnival featuring seated volleyball, wheelchair basketball etc.
School
Community
Sports 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
Community
Sausage sizzle
  • Hold a sausage sizzle to mark the day.
  • 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.
Everyone

Other ways to celebrate

You may not be able to host an event, but you can still show your awareness through other celebrations and activities.

Activity Description Suited to
Accessibility challenge Investigate and remove some of the 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). You could launch your plan on International Day of People with Disability. Organisation
Business
Article Develop an article for your newsletter, Intranet or website on disability issues. Everyone
Display Put up a display about disability issues at your local shopping centre, library, school or workplace or place of business. 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 to employ more people with disability 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
Business
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 to mark the day. Everyone
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 competition). School
Research project Undertake research to find out more about the lives of people with disability in your community or find out what barriers they face in everyday life. Everyone
Story or play writing Write a story or a play featuring a person with disability.
Volunteer Volunteer for an organisation providing services and support for people with disability to mark the day. Everyone
Web products Use IDPwD online banners and web buttons on your website and social media platforms to raise awareness and show your support. Everyone