Disability Action Week will be celebrated in Innisfail tomorrow with a morning tea to be held at the Disability Services Queensland, Local Area Coordination Office.
Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said Disability Action Week 13-19 September was a time to celebrate diversity and focus on a person’s ability rather than his or her disability.
“The community celebration is about having fun with your family and friends, but more importantly it is about recognising that people with a disability have the same hopes and aspirations as all Queenslanders,” Mr Pitt said.
“It’s such a positive community event which helps to break down the barriers and promote inclusiveness.
“The Queensland Government is committed to helping people with a disability live in and be active members of their communities – but we need to see a whole of community response if we are to really break down all the barriers.
Mr Pitt who is in Parliament this week, met with members of the Innisfail District Disability Awareness Group last Wednesday inspecting a specially modified Trans North Bus.
“The bus is fitted with special hydraulics to lower the bus closer to the ground, a flip out ramp and special alcoves to accommodate wheelchairs,” Mr Pitt said.
“Disability touches the lives of thousands of Queenslanders, their families and carers. This week’s festivities are dedicated to celebrating diversity, raising awareness and encouraging positive attitudes.
Disability Action Week will be celebrated throughout Queensland through a range of community activities, including motorbike rides, karaoke nights, ten-pin bowling, information sessions, picnics and art exhibitions.
Mr Pitt said the week also offered a timely reminder of the importance of incorporating disabled access in the building process.
“I am still contacted on a regular basis by many people who have difficulty accessing certain buildings,” Mr Pitt said.
“I would encourage anybody contemplating building, whether it be commercial or residential to be proactive and give consideration to disabled access in the design.
“It can only be good for business if premises are inclusive and accessible for all members of the community.”
For more information about Disability Action Week events call 1800 177 120 or TTY 1800 010 222 or visit www.disability.qld.gov.au/actionweek