The City of Parramatta’s community, cultural and civic centre, PHIVE, will be lit up purple to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on Saturday 3 December.
The purple lighting kicks off a program of free activities to celebrate Parramatta as an inclusive and accessible city, while increasing community awareness and understanding of people with disability.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Donna Davis said the day offers an opportunity to start conversations, change perceptions, break down barriers and celebrate people of all abilities in our communities.
“The City of Parramatta is committed to creating welcoming, accessible spaces and places,” Cr Davis said.
“We are focused on providing services and facilities that make our city inclusive and liveable. We aim to reduce the physical and social barriers for people of all abilities.
“This year, PHIVE will glow in vivid purple during the week of International Day of People with Disability as a reminder of the amazing contribution people of all abilities make in our community – not just on this day, but every day.”
From Tuesday 29 November, libraries across the City of Parramatta – including Carlingford, Constitution Hill, Dundas, Epping, Ermington and Wentworth Point – will host Auslan Story Time readings, which are free and open to all.
Science-loving teens living with autism can get experimental at a STEM Micro:bit workshop on Thursday 8 December at PHIVE. STEM star Philip Mallon will demonstrate how to program a Micro:bit clock, a handy tool to help neurodiverse participants with time management. Materials will be provided, and carers are welcome to attend.
Wentworth Point Library and Hub is showcasing work by winners and finalists of the Abstract Abilities Art Competition at an exhibition from Thursday 8 December. Organised by Uniting Local Area Coordination, the artworks highlight the creative talents of people of all abilities.
Earlier this year, the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026 was endorsed by Council, aiming to promote positive community attitudes and behaviours, create liveable communities, and support access to employment and services. The City of Parramatta was recognised for its significant community consultation as part of the plan and received a high commendation at the recent International Association for Public Participation Australasia Conference.
As part of its ongoing commitment to offering an inclusive and accessible workplace, Council will also be holding staff Disability Confidence Training led by the Australian Network on Disability throughout December.