A special day for those with disabilities

December 4, 2015 by Ayal Tusia
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Melbourne’s Jewish Care has marked the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) with a vibrant family event.

David Southwick [l] and Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby [r] sonf the party

David Southwick MP, Alasdair Clark, Bill Appleby (Jewish Care CEO)

Over 100 people attended the function held at Glen Eira Town Hall, Caulfield including Cr Jamie Hyams and David Southwick MP.

IDPwD aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and wellbeing. Guests attended the event to also encourage the participation and inclusion of people with disability in all parts of life.


Lisa Weinstock, Jayson Hurvitz

Clients and families enjoyed entertainment including a balloon artist, photobooth, magician and Israeli dancing. David Southwick MP presented prizes to the best dancer of the day, amongst others.

The event was significant for those within our community with disability, as well as their families and friends; Jewish Care staff and other stakeholders. The morning filled with joy and celebration presented an opportunity for the community to unite, celebrate diversity and recognise the contributions and triumphs achieved by people with disability.

Jewish Care CEO, Bill Appleby addressed the audience on how Jewish Care fosters the participation and inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of life – within our community and beyond.

He also highlighted how this goal has been furthered this year through the much-anticipated opening of the new Coppel & Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre, collaborating with Camp Sababa on various initiatives, educating clients and their families on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and working closely with clients at the Employment and Education Centre to secure and maintain employment.

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