International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Calgary, December 3rd

Thursday, November 29, 2012

On December 3, 2012, the Calgary community and its business partners along with the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities invite you to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, recognizing the achievements and contributions of persons with a disability.

The event is hosted at Centre Street Church from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, with the main program being from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. 

The event is hosted by Const. Patty Desmoreaux of the Calgary Police Services Diversity Resources Team, and features performances by local talent. The event will include:
  • Award presentation to Calgarians who have had a significant impact on persons with disabilities in the community
  • An information fair featuring local businesses 
  • A performance by Renfrew Educational Services Children's Choir
  • Displays about disability services and organizations 
  • Art display and show by local artists, featuring the piece “A Meaningful Life”
  • Interactive user friendly sessions open and accessible to all ages and abilities including: Music Therapy, and Horticulture Therapy 
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations. The annual observance draws attention to the many ways in which those with disabilities enrich our communities. It also increases awareness and understanding of disability issues and trends, and helps to mobilize support for practical action at all levels by, with and for persons with disabilities.

This year's theme is "Celebrating Inclusiveness and Community”.
The event in Calgary is one of many celebrations taking place across Alberta, Canada and worldwide that brings together persons with a disability and the general community and aims to:
  • Showcase the skills, abilities, contributions and achievements of persons with a disability 
  • Promote a positive image of persons with a disability 
  • Involve persons with a disability and the broader community in activities to celebrate and raise awareness of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 
Sign language services will be provided courtesy of DHHS.


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