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an intellectual developmental disability.


| PANDDA My Story Award

On December 3 we celebrated International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) and PANDDA was honoured and excited to announce the launch of My Story PANDDA Award.

The My Story PANDDA Award will be presented to a person/s (or family member/s) with lived experience in intellectual developmental disability who is actively involved in a conference presentation of relevance to the nursing/healthcare and support of people with intellectual developmental disability. This award recognises the valuable contribution that self-advocates make in improving nursing care. PANDDA, in harmony with the motto from the United Nations International Day of People with Disabilities, supports "Nothing about us without us". The United Nations believes that people with disabilities should be actively involved in the planning and strategies of policies that affect their lives.

This award is jointly presented by Dr Virginia Howie, her daughter, Tessa Howie, and PANDDA Inc. Tessa was born with mild intellectual disability, which was the starting point for Virginia's thesis on registered nurses caring for people with intellectual disability. Virginia is passionate about the education of nurses in intellectual disability care. Tessa is passionate about people with disabilities being treated the same as everybody else.

PANDDA is passionate about the inclusion and support of people with lived experience expressing their voice. This award will be presented for the first time at the 35th Annual PANDDA Conference, 14 and 15 October 2024. More information and submission details will be available in early 2024.

Please join with PANDDA in congratulating Virginia and Tessa for their amazing contribution and commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse community in Australia International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations (UN) observed day recognised on 3 December each year. The aim of IDPwD is to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of the 4.4 million people with disability in Australia.

The UN is an international organisation where countries come together to discuss and solve world issues. Australia is one of the founding members of the UN.

In 1992, the UN declared 3 December as International Day of Disabled Persons. Each year the UN announces a theme that gives a focus for society to remove barriers for people with disability and become more inclusive.

Countries around the world recognise this day in their own way. In Australia, IDPwD is a joint effort between government, schools, organisations, community groups, businesses and individuals. The Australian Government has been supporting IDPwD since 1996. Through the Department of Social Services, it promotes and raises awareness of IDPwD on 3 December and throughout the year.

The theme for IDPwD 2023 is 'United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with and by persons with disabilities.’ The 2023 theme for IDPwD asks everyone to work together to make the world better and fairer for people with disability.

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