December 3rd marks the United Nation’s International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD). This day aims to raise awareness and understanding of people who live with a disability. It is also a day of celebration, where it aims to honour the accomplishments of people living with a disability.

41% of Joblife staff identify as living with disability. We are proud to be an organisation that values diversity and inclusion and we truly believe this promotes better client outcomes, improves workplace morale, and enhances our teamwork.

This year’s IDPWD theme is ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’.

We asked those clients who we have helped into employment, what their vision is for the future of disability inclusion in correlation with this year’s theme, and what they’ll be doing to celebrate IDPWD.

“It’s great that we have a day to celebrate with my clients, and bask in the reality that we are being recognised.” Said Danyal Khosravi, an Iranian refugee living in Logan. Danyal came to Joblife after sustaining a back injury in a car accident and developing anxiety. Joblife helped Danyal secure a support worker role with Alya.

“Everyone is equal with or without a disability. I believe in equal rights for everybody. My vision for the future is I want to see more education opportunities for people with a disability, more support for them in the system so they can feel normal and equal. I also want to see more training for educators to be able to help people with disabilities.”

“My vision would be to unite as one and work together to overcome the obstacles and discrimination that people with disabilities face and experience on a daily basis. On IDPWD, I will go back to where I used to work in the disability aged care sector and spend the day with them.” Said Sharon Sullivan, a Joblife Launceston client who has mental health barriers. 

It is my niece’s birthday on IDPWD, she was born with cerebral palsy and other complications, she passed away at the age of 14 six years ago, we celebrate her every year on this date. So, that’s how I’ll spend IDPWD.” Said Roylene Ruatita, a Joblife Wollongong client-turned-employee. Roylene was unemployed for four years and lives with mental health barriers.

Joblife is also embracing the theme this year, with a clear vision to promote a more inclusive and accessible world for people with a disability.

“Joblife’s vision is a job for everybody, and we genuinely believe that to be true. It only takes one look at our diverse and courageous teams to see that we live our truth of an inclusive workforce.

41% of our staff identify as living with a disability and our goal is that by the end of 2023, we have 50% of our staff identifying as living with a disability.

The values we instil, encourage, and celebrate in our employees is to share your unique talents to bring out the superpowers in others.

To celebrate IDPWD, Joblife is doing the most important thing we can do. We are hosting a special event to acknowledge and celebrate clients with a feature from our Board member Graeme Innes AM as well as a Jobonanza Day to get our clients jobs that will empower them.”Joblife CEO Nunzia Confessore said.

For more information about IDPWD, you can visit here.

If you want to showcase your support and raise awareness for IDPWD, you can utilise resources such as information kits, fact sheets, branding logos, and more here.

To find out how Joblife can support you in your journey to employment, you can connect with us here.