Diamond Valley Specialist Development School in Whittlesea will showcase a range of fun activities and services next Saturday for International People with Disability Day. 

International People with Disability Day is a United Nations Day observed intentionally that promotes community awareness and acceptance of people with disability.

Starting at 10am with the support of City of Whittlesea and Yarra Plenty Regional Library, the event will feature art and craft, pot plants, face paint, Auskick, and a book sale.

All donations will go to the specialist school. 

The event, open to the public, is an opportunity for the community to learn more about services such as DPV Health and Merri Health, that support people with disabilities, including parents and carers.  

People can also expect visits from the Country Fire Authority Brigade, a disability dance group, Whittlesea Men’s Shed and Lions Club who will provide a free sausage sizzle.  

Diamond Valley Specialist Development lead teacher Caitlin Winther said the event was to help make people aware of available services.

“It’s to highlight the services that are available to the community, but also all the amazing activities there are that these students can get involved in – the dancing, Auskick, and all those activities that we’ve got going on,” she said. 

“It’s to showcase how awesome and amazing these kids are.” 

This year’s event was scheduled for a weekend in the hope of attracting more people. 

“Hopefully we get more community members in and to showcase those services to the communities because often people don’t know that a lot of these things are around,” Ms Winther said.

Ms Winther thanked all the services that were offering their time to the event.

The event is at Whittlesea Community Activity Centre, 57-61 Laurel Street, Whittlesea on December 2, from 10am-1pm.

For more information, visit www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au/events.

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