General Starter Kit

Celebrating bigger and better than ever before!

This resource kit is designed to help you organise your Celebration of Ability event. It contains ideas about different types of events, advice on how to obtain funding, and possible strategies for promoting your event.

The Beginning

Celebrations for International Day of People with DisAbility (IDPD) can take any form you wish. Big or small, simple or challenging, your event is only limited by your own considerations - and imagination! There are, however, a couple of things you might consider before organising your celebration:

All International Day of People with DisAbility celebrations should:

  • Involve the community, people with disabilities and their organisations
  • Celebrate the experience and expertise of people with disabilities
  • Raise awareness about disability issues
  • Promote the human rights of all people
  • Be counted! Remember to register you event with Nican so that we are able to include and acknowledge your efforts.

It is important to start organising your event as soon as possible. Careful planning will minimise the risk of surprises. IDPD is an excellent opportunity for people to raise awareness of disability issues, so it is a good idea to try to get the media aware & involved in your event. To do this, you may wish to think about creating an event that is somehow unique, that creates an interest in the wider community. You will also need to write a media release and send out invitations. We have put together some information to assist you with these tasks. You will find them in the following pages.

Some initial things for you to think about:

  • Consider your venue carefully. Is it easy to get to? Is there suitable parking and access?
  • Think about the weather. If you are holding an outside event is a contingency plan necessary in case of poor weather conditions?
  • What facilities are available? Do they meet your needs?
  • Will the media be able to get there and set up equipment easily?
  • What equipment will you need?
  • Is the venue easy to find? Will you need to think about signage?