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Kurt Fearnley, 2019 IDPwD Patron

Hi. I’m Kurt Fearnley, the 2019 patron for International Day of People with Disability.

I am a Father, Husband, Teacher, Paralympian, Gold Medalist, Athlete and proud Man with a disability.

As this year’s patron, I want to advocate for my community and increase awareness and understanding of people with disability.

We have the same rights to employment, respect, independence and equality as everyone else.

We all have a role to play in breaking down the barriers faced by people with disability.

Sometimes that role may just be to listen to the voices of people with disability themselves.

On the 3rd of December, get involved by hosting an event in your school, workplace or community.

To find out more, visit the website.

Let’s grow inclusion for all of our community.

Kurt Fearnley, 2019 IDPwD Patron – Growing inclusion in schools

Talking about disability in schools and educating kids about inclusion is important.

Kids need to understand early that people with disability are impacted by barriers in society, like buildings without ramps, or people’s assumptions about what they can or can’t do.

We don’t need to be fixed and are not a problem. Often it’s society that needs to adapt.

This year on International Day of People with Disability, we urge schools to get involved. On the 3rd of December, have a conversation about disability in the classroom, host an event and enter the school’s competition. To find out how your school can get involved, visit the website.

Now come on, let’s grow inclusion for all of our community!