Matt Damon participates in a performance at the Lismore Library as part of International Day of People with a Disability.
Matt Damon participates in a performance at the Lismore Library as part of International Day of People with a Disability. Marc Stapelberg

Talent on display at celebration of local identities

MORE than 150 people attended a celebration of International Day of People with a Disability at the Lismore Library today.

In conjunction with the Multitask Family Day Care in Lismore and The House with No Steps, punters were treated to information stalls, market stalls, a talent show, face painting, basketball and a barbecue.

House with No Steps area manager Tina Pardon said it was a collaboration by people with all abilities to recognise a very special day.

"The purpose of the day is to recognise that people with disabilities makes a valuable contribution to the community in lots of different ways," she said.

"That includes as employees, business owners, customers, social and sporting clubs, ambassadors for the region, and last but not least neighbours."

She said it was about breaking down stereotypes and seeing the person first for what they offered and not the disability.

"There is also an information session on the NDIS which is a hot topic.

"It is definitely happening and the transition from state funded to Commonwealth funded system will take place in July 2017."

Mrs Pardon said that everyone was invited to these sort of events and it was one of the reasons they had decided to hold the event in the centre of town.

"The Northern Rivers is a very inclusive community and it is a great community to be part of."

Multitask Family Day Care service manager Michelle Jones said demonstrating and modelling inclusion at a young age is essential to developing positive experiences with people of all abilities in children.

"International Day of People with a Disability is a great catalyst for celebrating all children, no matter what ability, and to demonstrate that all children should be included and understood", she said.

"It is essential that we as adults are modelling inclusive behaviour and reinforcing that all children are capable of greatness.

"Through participating in International Day of People with a Disability, educators and children alike are raising awareness around increased support for children with disabilities in early childhood education and care."



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