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Making Coffee Inclusive

Trust Cup CakesThe Disability Trust had one message we wanted to highlight at this year’s International Day of People with Disability on the 3rd December, inclusion for all. And we sent our message to the public through the innovative idea of educating local coffee drinkers when they bought their coffee.

International Day of People with a Disability is aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrating their achievements and contributions.

The Disability Trust partnered with coffee shops and coffee vans from Sydney, the Illawarra, the ACT and all down the south coast all the way to Bega sending a really important message to our community – “What can you do to help create an inclusive world?”

Simple Ideas included:

  • Make a connection through respectful communication—saying “Hi” is a great start. 
  • See the person - focus on the person not their disability 
  • There’s no need to feel sorry – empathise but don’t sympathise 
  • Hire a person with a disability —they are ambitious and want to work 
  • Support your local organisation who is supporting people with disability in your community. 
In addition to coffee shops and vans hanging posters and stocking Disability Trust coffee cups The Trust encouraged coffee drinkers to stay connected on Facebook and learn more about the achievements of people with disabilities.  

“We want to create a more inclusive world one coffee at a time”, said Mereana Gordon from The Disability Trust. “And whilst you’re having your coffee take a few minutes to jump online and take a look at the amazing things our participants are doing. It truly is inspiring and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.”

Celebrations were held all over the Illawarra, ACT, Sydney and the South Coast with The Disability Trust’s participants, celebrating their achievements and making sure that they had a day of fun and inclusion. “In Wollongong we were very excited to collaborate with the team at AST Surf School and took our participants down to the beach for the day. Daniel and his team gave free surfing lessons on City Beach to our participants from the School Leaver’s Employment Support Program and assisted others in accessing the water, and for one participant this was his very first time in the ocean. “He absolutely loved it asking for one more (wave) about 15 times when we tried to get him back off the beach to get changed into dry clothes.” said Gerald Farrugia, Manager of Illawarra Day Options. “ Many of my participants are non-verbal but they didn’t need to use words to show how much fun they were having.”

Ed Birt, Chief Operating Officer of The Disability Trust said “I was so inspired by all the events and activities going on all around the Trust in celebration of IDPWD. It was quite phenomenal the energy with which everyone got out there to promote our message of the value of inclusion and diversity to the broader community. Our staff live and breathe our mission every day and we really saw that on Monday. There were literally “life enhancing opportunities” everywhere you looked. From basketball in Goulburn, surfing in Wollongong, awards and basketball in Bega, inclusion walks in Canberra, BBQ’s and sing-offs in Sydney, and the list goes on everywhere, everyone was having a ball getting out there and simply celebrating diversity and inclusion.”

For many years now creating an inclusive world has been paramount in the ethos of The Disability Trust and we hope that this year we have been able to bring this message to an even wider audience.


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