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See the Ability in Disability


When you see someone with disability, what do you think?
Do you see joy?
Connection…
People enjoying everything life has to offer…
Do you see the achievement?
Physically…
Intellectually…
Do you see a fulfilling career?
Beauty…
Talent…
Challenge the way you think about disability.
See the ability in disability.

See the Ability in Disability with Auslan


When you see someone with disability, what do you think?
Do you see joy?
Connection…
People enjoying everything life has to offer…
Do you see the achievement?
Physically…
Intellectually…
Do you see a fulfilling career?
Beauty…
Talent…
Challenge the way you think about disability.
See the ability in disability.

See the Ability in Disability with Audio Description


When you see someone with disability, what do you think?
A girl jumps on a trampoline
Do you see joy?
A woman kisses her partner
Connection…
A family plays wheelchair sports
People enjoying everything life has to offer…
A man lifts weights from a wheelchair
Do you see the achievement?
Physically…
A woman wearing an earpiece skies
Intellectually…
Women with low vision running meetings and a radio broadcast
Do you see a fulfilling career?
A model blows a kiss
Beauty…
A woman sings
Talent…
A man hauls himself up a track
Challenge the way you think about disability.
See the ability in disability.

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.

Nipuni Wijewickrema, 2016 ACT Young Australian of the Year


We’re standing at GG’s HQ, which is actually our garden shed.

The inspiration behind GG’s is my beautiful little sister, Gayana. She is 21 and she just happens to have Down syndrome. So we really wanted her to have meaningful employment, it just means that we’ve been able to shape and sculpt the life that she would like to lead.

For our business, we have GG’s Flowers, which is obviously a florist. We then have the hamper side of the business where we make gift hampers for all around Australia and New Zealand. And that also provides meaningful employment opportunities for people with special needs. And then we have the third side, which is the NDIS. We are an NDIS provider and we provide community access and innovative community participation for all of our participants.

One of our value adds for our participants that participate in GG’s Flowers is a boot camp. We really do believe in, you know, healthy body, healthy mind, healthy life. And we’re really committed to ensuring that all of our participants across the three businesses have a meaningful life and an ability to be fit and active and healthy. And so we run a boot camp every Monday morning in partnership with everyday champions. And that is an awesome specialized boot camp for all of our participants, where they can kind of, you know, really get fit and active and do some punching and do some boxing and do some jazz-ercise, but they can truly have a really awesome opportunity here at GG’s.

My employees with special needs are amongst the most loyal employees ever. They turn up to work, they’re on time in uniform, they have no attitude. They’re just so grateful to work. And for me being able to do that and being able to be part of their story is just awesome.

International Day of people with a disability is my favourite day. We have an awesome celebration here at GG’s. And we just celebrate all of our staff, and all of these people that we get to work with. Again, it’s an honour and a privilege for my support workers that we employ. They love coming to work every day to serve people with disabilities to lead a meaningful life.

And it’s a very special day where we can celebrate the achievements and we can celebrate you know the special nature of the work that we do. So every IDPwD, the GG’s family and I and all of our staff and all of our participants, we get together and we have a massive celebration because we just think that that’s the most important day of the year for us.

It’s also for people without disabilities that are really committed to celebrating and helping people with disabilities change and lead meaningful lives. If there are people out there that are interested in making a difference and helping and making the world a kinder of place, I say go for it. Because we need more people in our community bringing on social change, bringing on social impact so that we’re all together in this world, making meaningful difference.

 

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