Council launches programme for International Day of People with Disabilities

26th November 2020

2020 Programme Front Page

International Day of People with Disabilities will take place on 3 December 2020. It  has been celebrated across the world every year on 3 December since 1992, and this year, the theme is ‘not all disabilities are visible’.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has organised annual events to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities since 2016 and despite the ongoing uncertainty with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Council has organised a week-long series of online events and workshops commencing on Thursday, 3 December 2020 to mark International Day of People with Disabilities for 2020.

Speaking ahead of the events the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Chris Smyth said:

“I am delighted to launch Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s programme of activities to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities.

“This year the celebrations will be different from previous years with all workshops taking place online.

“This year’s theme is ‘not all disabilities are visible’. In recognising this, and to help encourage awareness of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 recovery, interactive workshops discussing a range of different disabilities and the support available within the District will take place over a five day period.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to avail of these workshops particular as you can attend from the comfort of your own home.’

The programme of events is funded by the Public Health Agency. Adele Dunn, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Officer, commented:

‘Congratulations to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council as they provide opportunities to celebrate … International Day of People with Disabilities. The PHA are delighted to work in partnership with FODC to continue to break down the communication, physical and social barriers for people with disabilities, thus ensuring that we are creating inclusive, accessible and healthier communities.’

Each event will focus on different disabilities which are not always visible and the complete list of disabilities which will be the focus of events are:

Mental Health: Thursday, 3 December (10.30am to 12.00noon)
Coping with Anxiety Workshop: Thursday, 3 December (2.00pm to 3.00pm)
Brain Injury Awareness: Friday, 4 December (10.30am to 11.30am)
Hearing Loss: Monday, 7 December (10.30am to 12.00noon)
Visual Impairment: Monday, 7 December (2.00pm to 3.00pm)
Learning Disability Awareness: Tuesday 8 December 2020 (10.30am to            12.00noon)
Deafblind Awareness: Tuesday, 8 December (2.00pm to 3.00pm)
Autism Awareness: Wednesday, 9 December 2020 (10.30am to    12.00noon)
Positive Futures Overview of Local Services: Wednesday, 9 December            (2.00pm to 3.00pm)

There will also be a short workshop on Healthy Eating taking place on Friday, 4 December 2020 from 2.00pm to 3.00pm.

Each session is open to any individual or organisation who wishes to attend.

To register your interest for any/all events, please forward your contact details (including email address) to either Finbar Maguire or Matthew Nevin via telephone on 0300 303 1333 or via email to disability@fermanaghomagh.com

A full programme, including information on all the guest speakers, is available online at: www.fermanaghomagh.com

 

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