Celebrated each year, International Day of People with Disability seeks to create a positive change to the lives of Australian living with disability by increasing public awareness, understanding and accepting people with disability and celebrating their achievements and contributions.
International Day of People with Disability
3 December 2021
Around 4.4 million Australians are living with disability and there are a wide range of services and supports available. However, searching for information and services can sometimes be difficult and complex.
The Australian Government’s Disability Gateway is a free, Australia-wide service dedicated to helping people living with disability, their families and carers find trusted information and connects them to services in their area. It includes a website, phone line and social media channels to help connect people to the right disability information and services.
The Disability Gateway aims to improve access to information and services and make searching less stressful. It is a central starting point, providing information people can trust that is accessible, easy and safe to use.
Information on the website is structured around 10 topic areas that provide useful categories for searching for and finding services, including income and finance, employment, aids and equipment, housing, transport, health and wellbeing, everyday living, education, leisure, and rights and legal.
The Disability Gateway phone line provides free, fact-checked information and can transfer people directly to other support services if needed, such as counselling or advocacy.
For more information go to disabilitygateway.gov.au or call 1800 643 787.
The Disability Gateway phone line is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm AEDT.