International Day of People with a Disability

Get active on International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD)

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is celebrated on 3rd December each year to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions. For the full range of activities happening this year around Australia, or to learn more about the day visit the official IDPwD website.

We have compiled a list of sporting and recreation activities and programs that are happening either in your state or virtually that you can get involved in to celebrate IDPwD on Thursday, 3 December 2020. If you have an event that isn’t listed below, feel free to email us at and we would be happy to add it to the list!


New South Wales

  • Football NSW IDPwD Webinar - Football NSW are holding a Webinar to discuss topics related to Inclusive Coaching and football practices. Tune in on the Football NSW Facebook Page at 6pm to watch.

  • Sydney Olympic Park Purple Light Up Movement - Sydney Olympic Park will glow with purple light displays on iconic buildings and monuments to support the global movement Purple Light Up, which aims to celebrate and draw attention to the contribution of the 386 million employees around the world living with disability. The light display is one of a range of inclusion activities that will be running in Sydney Olympic Park for a full month to raise awareness about access and inclusion for public spaces, venues and communities. Click here for more information.


Northern Territory

  • NT Carnival of Fun - The Carnival of Fun is a free event that aims to celebrate inclusivity and appreciate and recognise champions within the community in Darwin for IDPwD. Click here to register.


Western Australia

  • Come & Try AFL Wheelchair Footy - The Wheelchair C'mon Try session is to enable access to AFL football for all abilities in a community club environment with Fun Fitness Friendship being the main focus. This is a free event, to register click here.

South Australia

  • Torrens University Experience Speaker Series 2020 - to celebrate IDPwD, Torrens University are welcoming sporting icon Dylan Alcott to their Flinders Street campus for a live discussion about his journey through the highs and lows of his life and career. The event will be live streamed, click here to register.


  • Walk in My Shoes, Ride in My Wheels - Members of the Glenorchy Access Advisory Committee, with the support of local service providers and Glenorchy City Council, will be hosting a range of activities including a conversation café, adaptive sports, disability awareness activities, barbecue and coffee van to celebrate IDPwd on 3rd December. Visit here for more info.