Earth Echoes, the Woodville Alliance Disability Services choir, rocked the house at the opening of an accessible event in celebration of International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD).
The choir is one of the many activities chosen by clients who access Woodville Alliance’s Disability Services and is based at our Fairfield site.
In the lead-up to IDPwD on December 3, the choir was invited to perform at disAbility Rocks, hosted by Fairfield City Council and the Parks Community Network. The celebration kicked off with a grand performance by the choir, made up of Woodville Alliance Disability Services participants, all of whom have an intellectual disability.
The choir was featured in the Fairfield Advance the next week, in a story about IDPwD.
After some initial nerves, the Earth Echoes choir sang their hearts out to the audience. Watched on by members of the public and a group of Disability Services clients, the choir got the audience moving and clapping along to ‘Rock around the clock’ and ‘I believe’.
Events like disAbility Rocks, that are inclusive and accessible to people with a disability, help to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with a disability. By working together, we can all work towards celebrating abilities and breaking down barriers that exist.
The theme of IDPwD this year is Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want , which is aimed at creating a more inclusive and equitable world for people with disabilities. The United Nations is challenging us to imagine the world in 2030, fully inclusive of people with a disability. It is all about “leaving no one behind”. The UN has dubbed it #Envision2030.
In other activities for IDPwD, a group of Woodville clients were chosen to exhibit their art in the Blooming Arts exhibition which opened on 3 December (International Day of People with a Disability), as mentioned in our previous blog post. Woodville Alliance Manager, Person Centred Practice, Suzanne, was there at the opening and was lucky enough to view the work of our talented artists.
“It was really wonderful to see the names of our clients on the Blooming Arts program and to see their art exhibited in such a beautiful space, alongside many impressive works of art.
“Woodville client artists and their families travelled to the Inner West for the exhibition opening and the experience was something totally new and exciting,” Suzanne said.
Blooming Arts is open until Sunday 18 December, for all the details, click here.
For more information about NDIS approved disability supports in Greater Western Sydney, contact Woodville Alliance Disability Services on 9722 5200 or email email@example.com