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Celebrating International Day of People with a Disability

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Rodney Donovan Clancy with his painting in the background.

BALLARAT celebrated International Day of People with a Disability with a number of events across the city on Thursday. Ballarat Community Health hosted an event to encourage understanding and support for the dignity of people with a disability. Guests were treated to an art exhibition, film screening and morning tea. BCH CEO Robyn Reeves said BCH aims to ensure that the rights of those with a disability are protected and their participation in the community is ensured. “We want to make sure that people with a disability have the opportunity to lead meaningful and well connected lives.”

April Brooks with a few of her art works
April Brooks with a few of her art works

One in five people are living with a disability and a large number of organisations in Ballarat offer services ranging from sporting and creative activities, to daily living support and accommodation. “It is vitally important that we continue to raise the profile of the amazing creative pursuits of these talented actors, artists and musicians, not because they have a disability but in spite of,” Ms Reeves said. PINARC held celebrations which included a Disability Art Show and Dance Party. Art by the Funky Arts and other Pinarc artisans was on display at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery. PINARC CEO Marianne Hubbard said, “A lot of this art has been over to Japan. The Able Arts Project is a project that we worked collaboratively with the City of Ballarat and so the art from Ballarat’s sister city, Inagawa, was displayed here and our art was dis played there.

“There is a banner that they’ve worked on collaboratively together and that will hang in the library, so this is very much an opportunity for artists with disabilities to display their work on an International Day of People with a Disability and art is such an important form of communication, it crosses barriers of race, religion, gender, ability, disability – with some fabulous support by a volunteer who works at PINARC.”