The Northern Territory Anti Discrimination Commission celebrates the abilities of all Territorians on this International Day of Disabled Persons.
"All Territorians have the right to full participation in their community, regardless of whether they experience a disability", the NT Anti Discrimination Commissioner, Tony Fitzgerald, said.
Approximately one in five Australians live with a disability. In the NT, this proportion is even higher, with more than one in three indigenous persons living with a disability.
"As a community, we need to shift our focus onto a person's abilities and what people can do, and refrain from assumptions about what people can't do based on tired old disability stereotypes", said Mr Fitzgerald.
"People with a disability can only participate fully in community life if we learn to recognize and focus on a person's strengths and abilities."
We know that there are times when people with a disability may need extra assistance in order to achieve full participation and to enjoy the same benefits and quality of life as everyone else. "For this reason the NT Anti Discrimination Act requires that we accommodate the special needs of people who are disadvantaged", he said.
The Act also makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person in the areas of work, accommodation, education, goods and services, clubs and insurance and superannuation on the basis of disability.
Mr Fitzgerald invites Territorians to contact the expert and friendly staff at the NT Anti-Discrimination Commission for general information about discrimination issues, to confidentially discuss a complaint or to obtain more information about training. FREECALL 1800 813 846 or www.adc.nt.gov.au
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