Today is a day to acknowledge and hold up the achievements and contributions of people with disability.
The theme of this year’s celebrations is ‘empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’.
For the first time, people with disability are holding their own National Awards for Disability Leadership and these will be shown on a dedicated YouTube channel between 1 and 2.30 pm today.
The awards will hosted jointly by the Disability Leadership Institute, Disabled People’s Organisations Australia and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
Viewers will be able to watch presenters from Alastair McEwin to Sue Salthouse, handing out awards across seven categories of achievement including the famous Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement.
You can also follow the conversation online using the social media hashtag #DisabilityAwards2018 or look for local events on the IDPWD website.
Shadow Minister for Disability and Carers Senator Carol Brown will watch the celebrations live from Melbourne Town Hall alongside disability advocates and event organisers, and encourages all who can to view the awards with friends, colleagues and family.
“It’s great to be joining people with disability, and their advocates, on this important day”, said Senator Carol Brown. 
Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services Linda Burney will watch the awards from Parliament in Canberra.
“People with disability want to take their place and to participate fully in all aspects of life, including in employment, it is economically sensible”, said Linda Burney.