Council stage week-long festival to celebrate disabled people

Fri, 29/11/2019 - 08:09 -- Editor

Derry City and Strabane District Council in partnership with Public Health Agency are leading a week long festival to celebrate Persons with Disability Day on Tuesday 3rd December 2019.

International Celebration of Persons with Disabilities Week will showcase and recognise the Council area’s commitment to access and inclusion including innovative initiatives such as the AWOL project and Strabane’s bid to become the first Jam Card friendly town in the UK and Ireland.

The week also includes a programme of events to get people into the Christmas spirit with a signed performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the Millenium Forum and a relaxed performance of Aladdin in the Waterside Theatre. 

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle encouraged the public to get involved in the programme of events.

“International Celebration of Persons with Disabilities Week is the largest event of its kind in the North to promote access and inclusion with six strategic partners involved,” she said.

“As a Council we are committed to ensuring this issue is at the forefront in all that we do so that we promote and facilitate equal opportunity for all.

“I would encourage the public to access the programme and get involved in the events that are being hosted throughout the City and District.”

Access and Inclusion Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Louise Boyce, thanked all the partners such as department for communities and WHSCT who are also supporting the delivery of the programme.

“We want to take this opportunity to congratulate all venues, businesses and initiatives that are highlighted within the programme for their ongoing work to ensure our pan disability community, their families and their carers have the opportunities to make informed choices for their wellbeing and day to day life experience,” she said.

“This year saw the highest ever recorded use of our access and inclusion provisions at our world renound Halloween celebrations with over 1,200 queries received.

“This is the second programme compiled to promote disability arts and ensure that cultural venues are continuously improving their access and inclusion provisions within the Council area.”

Full details of Council’s Access and Inclusion services, including the full programme for Disability Week are available at www.derrystrabane.com/inclusion.

If you would like further information on the Access and Inclusion Project please contact by email: louise.boyce@derrystrabane.com or phone/ text 07713707912.