Sunday, November 29, 2009

International Day of People with Disability

 The following information on IDPwD is taken from the Australian website.

"On 3 December every year International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is celebrated worldwide recognising the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

IDPwD brings together people with disability and the general community and aims to:

• showcase the skills, abilities, contributions and achievements of people with disability
• promote a positive image of people with disability
• involve people with disability and the broader community in activities to celebrate and raise awareness of IDPwD. "

"In 2009 IDPwD is supported by Ms Therese Rein  (Our PM's wife) as Patron, and Mr Kurt Fearnley (who recently also completed the Kokoda Trail) as official Ambassador.
As champions for IDPwD, Therese and Kurt lend their voices to promoting and encouraging support for IDPwD and the National Disability Awards."

This is what is happening in our local area: - Click on markers for details

The following is a list of some of the world's greatest poets and authors with a form of disability.

John Milton : - Became blind at 43.

Lord Byron : - Had difficulty in walking because of a club foot.

Stephen Hawking : - Has Lou Gehrigs disease and of course is in a wheel chair and speaks through a PC.

Hans Christian Anderson : - Had dyslexia.

Isaac Asimov : - suspected autisim

Christy Brown : -  cerebral palsy

Colin Dexter : - diabetes

Charles Dickens : - epilepsy

Sue Townsend : - blind

H G Wells : - diabetic

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