Community Encouraged to Make A Change During Disability Action Week

10/09/2013

Kallangur and Pine Rivers residents are being encouraged to get involved in a range of events and activities to highlight the positive effect a small change could have on themselves and their community during Disability Action Week. Backup/copy open files from network share on a NAS device

Disability Action Week, which runs from 8-14 September, encourages positive attitudes towards people with a disability, their families and carers.

"There are some fantastic events happening throughout South East Queensland to celebrate Disability Action Week and I encourage everyone to get involved," Mr Trevor Ruthenberg said.

"We can all make changes to create welcoming communities, accessible places and a future full of possibilities."

"It's about the simple things such as hosting events in accessible venues, or providing information to customers in a variety of accessible formats that can make a huge difference to the lives of people with a disability."

State Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said Disability Action Week was an opportunity for Queenslanders to come together and help build strong inclusive communities.

"The theme for this year's Disability Action Week is ‘Imagine the positive effect even a small change could have', and I'd encourage all Queenslanders to think about the changes they can make, big or small, to include all people in our communities."

The Newman Government has provided more than $80,000 to 22 community groups to support disability awareness events during Disability Action Week across Queensland.

Mr Holswich said the Newman Government was committed to delivering better outcomes for people living with a disability, their families and carers, delivering an additional $868 million over five years to support the transition to DisabilityCare Australia, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Disability Action Week online events calendar lists the registered events during the week and people can check out the latest events by visiting www.communities.qld.gov.au/disability