Breaking down the barriers to employment for those suffering a disability will be a central theme during Disability Action Week 2013.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said a number of events would be held during the week, which commences on 8 September.
“This statewide event holds special significance for the Redlands, as one in five residents has a disability of some kind,” she said.
“The Exploring Inclusion through Employment and the arts session is a key activity to explore how people with disabilities can be included in their communities through employment and creative activities.”
Cr Williams said the half-day session on Tuesday 10 September would be addressed by Arts Access Australia CEO Emma Bennison, who will present the latest research on employment of people with a disability in the arts.
“It’s an ideal time to think about the positive effect a small change could make for people with disabilities in our communities. We can all make changes to create welcoming communities, accessible environments and a future full of possibilities,” Cr Williams said.
Held at the Redland Performing Arts Centre Gallery foyer, the morning event will also include the President of Raise the Bar Mike Quinn discussing how to run a disability arts venture, practical workshops, and a performance by Blue Roo Theatre Company.
The week’s events are run in association with the Redlands Disability Network.
Other local events include:
- an art exhibition and open day at Cerebral Palsy League Support in Community Capalaba Centre on Monday 9 September;
- a Disability Awareness and Opportunity Expo at Mount Gravatt Showgrounds on 11 September; Calisto Park Equestrian Centre’s open day at Thornlands on 12 September;
- a Big Night Out Glow Party at RPAC on Friday night on 13 September;
- a focus group session on coping with a hearing loss in the Donald Simpson Community Centre, Cleveland on the September 14th;and
- a Family Fun Day in the Oakland Street Community Garden at Alexandra Hills on Sunday 15th.
Activities wrap up in fine style with the Raise the Bar National Song Launch at Ormiston College on Saturday 20 September.
For full details of these events, and other Disability Action Week happenings across Queensland, visit our website.