The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWSSA) will hold a series of community events on 3 December to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).
The events will enable people with disabilities, their families, as well as those that experience other barriers, to access a wide variety of parks to get out in nature and enjoy its health and wellbeing benefits.
IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities, while celebrating their achievements and contributions.
NPWSSA and Natural Resources Management Education staff, together with the Friends of Belair National Park volunteer group, will help stage a range of events across Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges parks, including a wheely big bushwalk in Belair National Park.
To increase awareness for staff working on these and similar activities, DEW recently held disability awareness training with Let’s Talk Disability.
Staff felt it was really worthwhile, particularly learning about the barriers and opportunities for people with a disability and increasing confidence when interacting with a range of park visitors.
National Parks and Crown Lands Director Grant Pelton says the key message for him was about making everyone feel included when accessing services.
‘It's not just about having fit for purpose facilities, it's about our attitude,’ he said.
If you would like to help out on events or get involved contact NPWSSA Senior Ranger Visitor Services Sean Benz or NPWSSA Access and Inclusion Officer Yvette Eglinton.