International Day of People With a Disability

International Day of People with a Disability is celebrated around the world on 3 December. It’s is a time for people with a disability, their friends, families and carers to celebrate their abilities with the wider community.

New South Wales celebrates this day with a month-long campaign called Don’t DIS My ABILITY, proudly supported by the NSW Government and the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care. Events are held throughout metropolitan and regional areas.

Don’t DIS My ABILITY is about changing misconceptions surrounding disability and creating an environment that encourages participation in careers, leisure pursuits and social activities. Ambassadors are selected as role models to support this campaign from the arts, sports and business.

Over four years sliced bread attraction in partnership with Powerhouse Youth Theatre has produced several events engaging over 200 people with a disability across Western Sydney in performance, theatre & music making, design and karaoke.

Wake me Up Before you Impro (2004)

Tutors: Alison Richardson & Katrina Douglas

Partners: Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Accessible Arts

An afternoon of improvisation at Powerhouse Youth Theatre.

An afternoon of improvisation at Powerhouse Youth Theatre

Karaoke World (2005)

Tutors: Brendan Woithe, Alison Richardson

Partners: Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield City Council

An afternoon of Karaoke and music making

An afternoon of Karaoke and music making

Get Toasted! Performance Training Program (2006)

During September to December 2006 ten participants from The Junction Works, William Rose Special School, The Spastic Centre and McCarthur Disability Service participated in the Get Toasted! Performance Training Program. The group attended 16 weekly skills development workshops in puppet making and manipulation, music making using the Special Access Kit and performance and theatre making. The participants played an extremely participatory & active role in not only coming up with the content for the show but also designing and creating the set and musical score.

Tutors: Mark Shepherd, Kate Shanahan, Alison Richardson

Partners: sliced bread attraction, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield City Council

Michael pouring tea at the Get Toasted! Performance Training Program (2006)

Michael pouring tea at the Get Toasted! Performance Training Program (2006)

Toasted Inferno (2007)

An afternoon of performance, music making and design workshops.

Tutors: Kate Shanahan, Alison Richardson, Jennifer Teo.

Partners: sliced bread attraction, Powerhouse Youth Theatre & Accessible Arts