Celebrating diversity on International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)

Celebrated internationally on 3 December each year, International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

This year’s theme is ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership’. Below are a few events, TV series and films to get you promoting and celebrating IDPwD and leaders in your community.


Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Annual IDPwD Celebration
Tuesday 3 December 2019, 10am – 1pm
A fun day with performances, an arts market with the opportunity to purchase the works of artists with disability, coffee van, garden tours, mosaic workshops and virtual reality experiences.
Free entry

Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
FOCUS photography exhibition
3 – 10 December 2019
The exhibition will feature thought-provoking photography from FOCUS photography customers.
Free entry

Lake Alexandra, Mittagong
DSA’s Day in the Park
Tuesday 3 December 2019, 10am – 2pm
Activities include Ability Walk around Lake Alexandra, dress up or dress your wheelchair for the Strut My Stuff and Pimp My Chair Competitions with great prizes, free sausage sizzle, live music from the very talented Hidden Wonders Band, Art in the Park, games and much more.
Free entry

Art Gallery of New South Wales
IDPwD After Hours
Wednesday 4 December 2019, 5pm – 10pm
An exciting, artist-led program for IDPwD as part of its Art After Hours program. Meet artists from the Little Orange Studio as they present Pandora and share in their artmaking processes. Experience an installation of artworks created by Front Up artists or join an Auslan tour with Danni and Sue Wright. On the big screen, catch Alice Rohrwacher’s film Happy As Lazzaro. All talks Auslan-interpreted.
Bookings required

Club Singleton
Singleton Bush Dance Dinner
Friday 7 December 2019, 6pm – 10pm
The Bush Dance Dinner will feature a two course dinner and live entertainment from Rivergum Bush Band providing an all-inclusive call of the bush dances.
Tickets required

Slim Dusty Centre, Kempsey
IDPwD Glitz and Glamour Ball
Thursday 7 December 2019, 6pm – 11pm
An evening full of entertainment and dancing in an accessible environment with dinner and complimentary drink on arrival.
Tickets required

Accessible Arts, The Arts Exchange, The Rocks
Disability, Awareness and Equity Workshop
Wednesday 11 December 2019, 10am – 12.30pm
Sharpen up your skills and knowledge and become disability confident with this Disability Inclusion and Equality Workshop. Suitable for arts organisations, non-for-profits, corporate and government.

TV & Film

ABC ME and ABC iview
DisRupted films
Tuesday 3 December 2019, 5.30pm
The three successful films selected for DisRupted following a nation-wide call out are Rocky & Me, And Then Something Changed and The Legend Of Burnout Barry, all premiere on ABC ME from 5:30pm and then on ABC iview.

Accessible Arts, Petersham
2019 IDPwD Film Festival
6 & 7 December 2019
A weekend of free films, music and live performance will set the Inner West of Sydney buzzing on the first weekend in December to mark this year’s IDPwD.
Friday 6 December from 6pm: Cocktail Party | Comedy Debate | Feature Film
Saturday 7 December from 7pm: Screen Industry Panel | Short Films
Free entry

SBS On Demand
Perspective Shift (Audio Described)
Catch the documentary Perspective Shift on SBS on Demand. This documentary explores the lives of artists living with disabilities.

Atypical follows the story of 18-year-old Sam who lives with Autism.

ABC iview
Art of the Possible – Australian Story
Watch artist Vincent Fantauzzo on Australian Story and hear about how he became the successful artist he is today.


Create NSW is committed to improving employment opportunities for people with disability.

Video: Our Createability Internship Program and Screenability Programs, along with Art Bites: Studio A and Employable Me are all about breaking down barriers, gives aspiring creatives across the arts, screen and culture sector an exceptional platform for personal growth and professional development.

Published: 2 December 2019