International Day of People with Disability

Overview

IDPWD is a United Nations-observed day celebrated on 3 December. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

The theme in 2020 is ‘seeing the ability in disability’.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual dinner dance won’t be held in person, instead this year’s celebrations will be held online, featuring an exclusive dance workshop, interview with an inspiring local resident and athlete, and details about some AFL come and try sessions to be held in 2021 at local sports clubs.

Check out Inkrewsive's hip hop dance workshop

Dance up a storm with us at our dance workshop hosted by hip hop group ‘Inkrewsive’.

Inkrewsive is an all-abilities hip hop crew known for their rapping, recording, dancing, making music video clips, freestylin’ and gigging skills. They use their own unique skill set to create a fun and distinctive sound together.

Local in focus

See the ability in disability by tuning in to our interview with Macedon Ranges local, Nathan Luke. Nathan talks about his long list of talk achievements from academic scholarships with Melbourne University to playing AFL and cricket at the elite level.

 

A little bit about Nathan 

Nathan is a young Bullengarook local with a long list of sporting achievements:

  • Youngest blind cricket player to make a Victorian team
  • Six-time National representation for blind cricket
  • Runners up for 2019 AFL Blind football grand final (drafted to Western Bulldogs)
  • State athletics champion 2020
  • State representative in goalball for both Victoria and Queensland
  • St Pauls blind cricket president 2019/2020

Alongside this he has some great academic achievements:

  • Principles scholarship to Melbourne University to study biochemistry. Once he finishes this degree Nathan is planning on furthering his studies to become a doctor
  • 89.00 ATAR 2018 at Salesian College
  • Attended space camp 2016

Second to all of this Nathan also has a disability called Mitochondrial deficiency complex 1 and alongside this, he has physical and visual impairments and muscle dystonia in the left side of the body. Nathan was initially diagnosed with having a stroke at aged 8 and after many surgeries and medical appointments received his proper diagnosis in 2018. Nathan and one of his brothers are the only two with this diagnosis in Australia.

Find out more about blind AFL, cricket and goalball:

Come and try football

In 2021, the Victorian Football Integration Development Association (FIDA), in partnership with Kyneton and Gisborne football netball clubs will be hosting come and try sessions.

The FIDA league provides Victorians with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in Australian Rules Football.

To find out more and register your interest, email president@fida.org.au or ceo@fida.org.au