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International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disability. It is held each year on 3 December.

Some disabilities are obvious, others are not. People often judge others by the way they look. Why are we judged by our physical appearance?

Today reminds us to look beyond what we can see and get in touch with the feelings, the emotions of people with a disability. People with a disability have a lot of ability.

There are many people with a disability that I am in awe of. They have got on with life and all its challenges to achieve their goals. Today on IDPwD I would like to honour Nas Campanella. She is an inspiration.

If you have not heard of Nas today you can become better acquainted. Nas is the ABC’s disability affairs reporter. She lost her sight when she was 6 months old. Nas has a sensitivity condition, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, which means she cannot read Braille. Despite this additional challenge she has forged out a career in journalism. Read more about Nas and her latest articles here.

Today gives us an opportunity to pause and recognise the challenges for people with disability. They overcome so many challenges with grace and dignity. There is much we can learn from such people.

Today I am reminded of the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the achievements of people with disability.

Nas has recently shared some exciting news with her readers. Within 3 months she will become a mother. Read more about how Nas and her husband are preparing for parenthood.

Congratulations Nas on taking a step into motherhood. You will make an awesome mother.

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