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City marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities with proclamation and special event

November 26 2012

International Day of Persons with Disabilities  - 6th Annual Celebration

The City of Vancouver will recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a proclamation and a special community event to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities and promote accessibility and inclusion.

Mayor Gregor Robertson will issue the proclamation at the Council meeting on 27 November.

The City will host its sixth annual community event with a focus on the theme of healthy lifestyles and employment.

When: Monday, 3 December,  from 1-7 pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews (corner of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard)

The event will showcase artists, performers and speakers with disabilities and a wide range of activities for all ages and abilities.

Featured guests are local band Reality Check, comedian David C. Jones, and acclaimed filmmaker Murray Siple. Other highlights include an employment forum, an art show, and the screening of the National Film Board documentary Carts of Darkness. (Sign language interpretation and real-time captioning will be provided.) The event will also include adaptive sports demonstrations, puppies in training from BC Guide Dog Services, healthy snacks and door prizes. 

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an annual event designated by the United Nations. The day has been observed annually around the world since 1992 with the goal of promoting awareness and understanding of disability issues and supporting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The City’s celebration is generously sponsored by Vancity, the Syd Vernon Fund for the Disabled, Vancouver Foundation and the Hastings Institute. 

For a full schedule of activities, visit: vancouverdisabilitiesday.ca

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