Day to celebrate people with disabilities in Lethbridge

Dec 4 will be a day filled with distinction and diversity as the community comes together to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).

Sign of encouragement from participant. About 100 people gathered on the steps of Lethbridge City Hall, many with signs of encouragement Wednesday morning, to take part in the 8th annual “Citizen Walk About.” The theme of this year’s walk “Disability Rights Across Canada,” is meant to give a voice to those with varying abilities. Gwen Rowley was one of those attending the gathering to shine a light on the issue. September 27, 2017 Lethbridge News Now

By Dave Sulz, The Lethbridge Herald November 24, 2017

Recognition of this day aims to increase awareness and understanding of persons with disabilities and the issues that impact their lives, according to the Southern Alberta Individualized Planning Association (SAIPA).

Monday, December 4, 2017 – ENMAX Centre
Taking place at the Enmax Centre from 11 am to 9 pm, this two-part celebration will highlight the very best in accessible sporting in Lethbridge and surrounding area. Both events are free to attend.
From 11 am to 4 pm, attendees can enjoy sporting “Try-its,” vendor booths, and guest speakers with a focus on exploring accessible sport.

11:15 am to 12:15 pm – Try it Sledge Hockey/ Try it Skating
12:30 pm – Guest Speaker
1:30 pm – Try it Dance
2:00 pm – Try it Wheelchair Basketball
Local Sports groups information booths – All afternoon

That evening, from 6 pm to 9 pm, the best of our city will be recognized during the third annual Lethbridge Inclusion Awards.

These awards recognize businesses, individuals and community groups who make Lethbridge a more welcoming and inclusive place for those with disabilities. The event’s first and second years were an immense success, garnering an attendance of nearly 100 people.

The evening event will also showcase a locally made documentary focused on inclusion through “Art for Social Change” research that was conducted at the University of Lethbridge.

Source The Lethbridge Herald

Calendar of community events in Alberta
The intent of this day is to increase awareness of diverse abilities and promote inclusion for Albertans with disabilities. Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Awards are often presented at these events, if an award recipient resides in the organizing community.

Source Alberta Human Services

Also see
Dozens turn out for 8th Annual “Citizen Walk About” for disability rights in Lethbridge News Now

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