We’re again coming up to the 3rd of December, which marks the annual celebration of the International Day of People with Disability, a United Nations observed day aiming to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.  

This year, the theme is ‘leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’, and there will be a host of fun, and inclusive, activities taking place across Macarthur to help you celebrate. 

In Camden, Council is offering free entry to Mount Annan Leisure Centre and Camden War Memorial Pool for local residents with disabilities and their carers from Saturday November 27 to Friday December 10. 

“Council aims to foster and enhance participation by all residents in the life of the community and is committed to building and maintaining strong links with our residents who have disabilities and their carers,’ a Council spokesperson said.  

This includes wet wheelchair access to Camden’s two water play spaces located at Curry Reserve in Elderslie and Dawson-Damer Park in Oran Park. 

All you have to do is sign in at the venues and show your carer or disability card – so get down there and cool off! 

In Campbelltown, the Arts Centre is set to become an inclusive wonderland of art and dance.

On Thursday the 2nd of December, they’ll be hosting quiet art sessions focused around capturing natural and architectural features with ‘Little Orange’ artist Xeni Kusumitra, where participants will have the opportunity to learn the new skill in a safe and calming environment.

Or, if dancing is more your thing, ‘Q the Beat’ with DJ Stefan and the hula-hoopers from The Enchanted Trove will be held at the Centre’s Performance Space on the same day. 

On the 3rd of December, Campbelltown City Council will be partnering with Shine Shed to host ‘Sizzle and Beats’ – a fun afternoon of music and free sausage sizzles! 

“International Day of People with Disability is about increasing awareness, understanding, inclusion and acceptance of people with disability,” Mayor George Brticevic said.  

“It’s also a chance to celebrate the achievements and valuable contributions to our community made by people with disability”. 

–  Cassidy Pearce