IDPD 2015: Inclusion Matters: Access and empowerment for people of all abilities.
03 Dec 2015
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By: Nicole Linzmeyer


Today (December 3), is the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).  All over the world, events and initiatives are taking place to celebrate this day and promote this year’s theme:  Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for people of all abilities.

In Saskatchewan, many SARC Members have demonstrated leadership by planning an event to participate in IDPD.  We want to highlight some of the fantastic ideas that are going on all around the province as organization’s take this day to promote inclusion in their communities.

Swift Current – Southwest Homes and Saskatchewan Abilities Council will be going live on 3 local radio stations to raise awareness on this year’s IDPD theme and for the importance of inclusion in our society. There will also be an information table at the mall with both organizations to talk to people and hand out information.

Yorkton – Saskatchewan Abilities Council is partnering with the local school divisions; Good Spirit School Division and Christ the Teacher School Division to host a Disability Awareness Resource Fair. The fair will provide access to disability sector information for students, parents, caregivers and human service professionals. The aim of the fair is to bring together agencies that provide support to persons with disabilities in any form: assisted technology, counseling, advocacy, skills enhancement, behavior, mentorship, recreation, respite, child development, supportive resources, housing, education, volunteerism, training and employment. The event will provide information through presentations, tradeshow booths and networking. 

Ituna – Deer Park Villa has been busy baking Christmas cookies at their Day Program to deliver to individuals, clubs, and businesses in the community to thank them for their past and continued support of the organization and its clients.

Regina – South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre is featuring presentations/discussions on Education, Recreation and Employment.

Weyburn – Weyburn Wor-Kin Shop will be visiting all of the businesses/organizations who promote inclusion in the community for the individuals they support.  They will be presenting them with a thank you card and letter, information on IDPD, and a jar of Harvest Pie Saskatoon jam.

Saskatoon – North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre and the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program is hosting “Self Employment Resources for People with Disabilities”, where there will be Entrepreneurs with Disability Panel Presentations, Speed Networking and the launch of the “Just Watch Me” video contest. 


With all that’s going on across Saskatchewan to celebrate this important day, we are proud to have such active members in the community advocating for inclusion. Thank you to everyone involved, and keep an eye out for photos on our Facebook page throughout the day!

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