Disability touches the lives of most Queenslanders in some way - through the experiences we have with friends and family, in our schooling and further education, at the workplace and in the community. One in five Queenslanders has a disability of some kind.
The key objectives of Disability Action Week (DAW) are to encourage positive attitudes towards people with a disability, improve access and make our community a better place for everyone. DAW encourages the community to focus on a person's achievements and abilities and highlights that difference enriches communities.
Each year the department shines a spotlight on the skills, achievements and aspirations of people with a disability and encourages employees to see the person, rather than the impairment.
In 2011 all staff were invited to attend the department's annual debate, held to celebrate Disability Action Week. The debate took a light-hearted look at the way we approach communication in today's society.
The 2011 Disability Action Week Awards sponsored the 'Education and the Arts Award' which was presented at the Disability Action Week Awards dinner in September at the Cairns Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This event was hosted by the Honourable Minister Curtis Pitt, Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.
These awards recognise individuals and organisations that have contributed to improving the quality of life of people with a disability in Queensland.
This page was last reviewed on 24 Apr 2012