09 Sep 2012
- Written by VolunteeringQld
In 2012, Disability Action Week will be celebrated from 9-15 September.
One in five Queenslanders has a disability of some kind, and disability touches the lives of most Queenslanders in some way - through the experiences we have with friends and family, at school, in the workplace and in the community.
Disability Action Week aims to:
- encourage positive attitudes towards people with a disability, and
- promote improved access to the wider community.
During this week, communities across the state will come together to celebrate diversity under the theme “Empower, Enable, Everybody”.
There are many organisations doing great work in the area of disability services and support. If you are passionate about making the world a better place for people with a disability, you might want to consider volunteering in this field. Use Linkki to find a volunteer opportunity that resonates with you.
On the other side of the equation, people with a disability are making valuable contributions as volunteers at community-based organisations across the country. Read some of their stories.
While taking on a person with a disability is usually extremely rewarding for all involved, there are some things that volunteer managers can do to ensure a positive experience. Inclusive volunteer programs not only benefit the volunteer, but the organisation and the wider community. Volunteering Australia has created an excellent resource which is full of information on the benefits for creating an inclusive volunteer environment.