International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) 2020

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3rd December 2020

International Day of People with Disabilities is a United Nations gazetted global event on December 3rd celebrating the achievements of people with a disability.

This year, during the annual celebration of people with disabilities, the 2020 theme ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ also focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.

International Day of People with Disabilities website: www.idpwd.org

Web links to official resources

We are pleased to be supporting a number of events in recognition of this day and encourage you to support them in their various events.


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Air New Zealand Disability Social Enterprise Christmas Market

Air New Zealand’s employee network, The Enable Network invites you to join a Christmas Market in the courtyard of our Fanshawe Street office on Thursday, 3 December 2020.  This market is in recognition and support of International Day of People with Disabilities.

The market will involve a number of social enterprises that are run by or employee people with disabilities. The market will include businesses such as The Cookie ProjectDownlightsDrink My Coffee and many more.

What: Christmas Market
When: Thursday 3rd December 2020, 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Where: Air New Zealand hub building, 185 Fanshawe Street, Auckland


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‘Hidden disabilities through a digital lens’ – webinar

Free 90 minute “lunch and learn” webinar event presented in partnership by Access Advisors, Access Alliance, Accessibility Tick, and Tech for Good. We’re delighted and excited to bring you an incredible line-up of speakers sharing their experience with hidden disabilities.

What: Free 90 minute ‘lunch & learn’ webinar
When: Thursday 3rd December 2020, 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Get your free ticket at Humanitix
Download event flyer PDF


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Purple Light Up – 24hr global broadcast

#PurpleLightUp is a global movement that celebrates and draws attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million disabled employees around the world.

24-hour Global Broadcast, bringing together CEOs, senior champions, network / ERG leaders and disabled employees to connect, share their stories and feel the power of change via webinars, interviews, panel discussions and more. 

The Oceania region is kicking off this event from 11am to 2pm. After that follows 21 hours of international content as it works its way around the globe.

What: 24hr global online broadcast
When: Thursday 3rd December, 11am – 2pm (NZ time)
Continuing for 21 hrs after this with content from around the globe.

Register and find out more about the programme here.

Full programme and running order


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Changing Places Open Day

Changing Places are accessible public toilets that meet the needs of those unable to self-transfer without assistance. Changing Places NZ are pleased to invite you for a tour of their facility at Westfield Newmarket.

What: Changing Places Open Day
When: Thursday 3rd December 2020, 11am – 2.00pm
Where: Westfield Newmarket, Level 3, near the carpark.

Phone 021 141 9005 or email info@changingplaces.org.nz for more information.

Up to 2-hours free parking available with the Westfield Plus app.

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Paralympics Spirit of Gold Mufti Day

Parlalympics New Zealand will be staging a nationwide Spirit of Gold® Mufti Day, asking people to wear GOLD to work and donate to them. We’d love for you to take part on this official day, but you can run a Mufti Day at any point in your calendar.

Why not consider having a mufti day at work (or school) and taking a gold coin donation for them.

More information and a toolkit are available on their website.
Spirit of Gold Mufti Day

Thanks to the great team at Adecco for pointing this one out to us.