International Day for People with Disabilities


International Day for People with Disabilities
'Jesus said...Be Open'.
"Jesus said...Be Open".

The theme for this year's International Day for People with Disabilities (Friday 3 December) aims to promote full participation of people with disability and their families in the life of the Church.

Coinciding with the beginning of the Advent season, the day will focus on promoting issues affecting those living with disability and affirming their unique contributions to the Church and the world.

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Disability Issues, Bishop Peter Elliott, says that this day is a chance to consider and promote a pastoral response which recognises each person as part of the Living Body of Christ.

"We are called and challenged to take action to ensure our communities are open and active," Bishop Elliot said.

"In particular we need to ensure that people with disability living in remote and rural areas, those who are new to our country and those struggling with the ever increasing daily expense of living are supported and encouraged in the most practical and appropriate manner.

"This timely theme is an invitation and call to us to create and ensure a change in societal attitude that sees disability as a burden to humanity and a costly experience to society."

Support for Parishes

To coincide with the International Day for People with Disabilities, the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life has prepared a bookmark, which has been distributed Parishes and is also available for download at:

Also available on the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference website is a Parish Kit and poster for display. There is also an order form which promotes various resources, books, DVDs and media to help in celebrating the unique contribution of people with disability to our communities.

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