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According to a report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers, ‘Australians living with a disability have the worst quality of life in the developed world and their employment opportunities have hit rock bottom’.

Yet, statistically, an employee with a disability is more likely to have a longer tenure in a job, is less likely to take sick leave and make a workers compensation claim.

It is hoped that Sunday’s International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD), and the events leading up to it, will go some way towards addressing this shocking state of affairs.

Today the Far North Coast Festival of Ability is being held in Casino.

This free event at the Casino Village RV Resort will feature family fun activities including stage performances, a photo competition, and games for children.

And on Saturday at Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay at 10am there is a Disabled Surfers’ Association event that will provide an exciting activity for people with disabilities.

Byron Shire Council Mayor Jan Barham said this Saturday’s IDPwD was not only a time to celebrate the abilities of residents with a disability, but also to reflect on what else could be done to help them fully participate in the community.

‘Council is committed to assisting community residents with a disability,’ she said.

Byron Shire is also re-establishing its Access Committee to assist in improving the Shire’s services for people with a disability.

Council says that its Disability Access and Inclusion Plan developed in 2008 identified 118 actions to improve access to Council services and facilities for people with a disability, of which about three-quarters have now been completed or are in progress.

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing.


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