International Day of People with Disability – Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year. IDPwD is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. The Australian Government has been supporting IDPwD since 1996 and provides funds to promote and raise awareness of the day and support activities around Australia.
The Annual Theme
Each year the UN announces a theme to observe for International Day of People with Disability. The annual theme provides an overarching focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers for people with disability. This has been occurring since 1992 when the General Assembly announced 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons.
The theme for IDPwD 2021 is: ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’.
Disability Confident Recruiter (DCR)
DFP is the first Organisation in Australia to become a Disability Confident Recruiter.
DFP places great emphasis on inclusion and accessibility by providing opportunities for all people and working with clients who share in these ideas. In striving to make real progress in offering further support to candidates with disability to access and participate equitably throughout the recruitment process, DFP recently partnered with the Australian Network on Disability (AND) to assist us in understanding how to do this effectively and with confidence via the Disability Confident Recruiter (DCR) program.
Disability plan for the next decade unveiled
Today, it was announced a targeted action plan providing more tailored support will form the centrepiece of the Government’s new plan to help people with a disability.
The $250 million scheme spans the next decade and for the first time explicitly includes a targeted early childhood plan. DFP is excited to see this important strategy announcement on this day of IDPwD. We look forward to further opportunities this funding enables to focus on the abilities and capabilities of each and every person so that people with disability can contribute and thrive in the workplace and the community.