Celebrating Sunshine Coast abilities this Disability Action Week

Local residents and businesses are invited to celebrate Disability Action Week with a range of activities and events on offer across the region.

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Local residents and businesses are invited to celebrate Disability Action Week with a range of activities and events on offer across the region. 

The program runs from November 25 to December 2, with this year’s theme being Access ignites: it’s good business.

Community Portfolio Councillor David Law said the week acknowledged the important contribution people living with a disability made in all aspects of life.

“The week gives us a chance to empower people with disability, develop a shared understanding of disability issues and improve access and inclusion throughout the wider community,” Cr Law said.

“There are heaps of activities to get involved in and challenge you.

“People can try their hand at sailing, surfing, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, laughter yoga, attend a theatre show, visit an art display or come along to a Disability Inclusive Emergency Preparedness Session.

“Everyone is welcome and invited to attend.”

For more information, view all the activities planned on Council’s website.

Event highlights:

Access Ignites: Disability Action Week panel event

Join us at Council’s newest venue-for-hire in Maroochydore, Altitude Nine, for a panel discussion to explore how accessibility can spark possibilities for your business. Join special guest panellists Brendan Somerville from Spinal Life, Stephane Whelan from Equity Works, Murray Boyton from Rhythm Café and Melva Elvy from the Maleny Botanic Garden and Bird World for an engaging discussion around how to become a more accessible and inclusive tourism destination and employment for people with disabilities.

When: Friday, November 24
Time: 4pm–6:30pm
Where: Altitude Nine, Level 9, Sunshine Coast City Hall, Corner First Avenue and South Sea Islander Way, Maroochydore
Tickets: $35 including booking fee. Ticket includes free drink on arrival, canapes and entertainment. Visit https://altitudenine.com.au/whats-on to book your ticket.

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All Access Day at the Beach

Come along to an all-access day at the beach. There will be all-abilities activities, including access mats, beach wheelchairs, sand and water play, entertainment, a sensory tent and an afternoon barbeque. Make sure you come along for an afternoon of free family fun and help celebrate International Day of People with Disability!

When: Friday, December 1
Time: 2pm to 6.30pm
Where: Mooloolaba Beach
Cost: FREE

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