Count Us In festival breaks down barriers | Nuatali Nelmes

GET INVOLVED: The month-long festival program includes a wide range of events and activities, including skateboarding, surfing and comedy shows.
GET INVOLVED: The month-long festival program includes a wide range of events and activities, including skateboarding, surfing and comedy shows.

Newcastle's first disability inclusion festival has been launched to increase engagement of people with disabilities and break down long-held barriers and stigmas.

The month-long festival called Count Us In includes a range of events held throughout the local government area, including everything from inclusive games to educational opportunities.

This exciting initiative is all about bringing disability to the forefront and highlighting the benefits of inclusion in our community.

City of Newcastle prides itself on accessibility and inclusion. Our community is warm, supportive and values diversity. The Count Us In Festival effectively and respectfully links people with disabilities with the broader community.

We can all think about the role we play to help create a city that includes all people socially, culturally and in the workplace.

Diversity is reflected in the broad range of activities in the program, which have been curated to establish Newcastle as an inclusive community for people with disability, their families, carers and partners. From inclusive skateboarding, surfing, barbecues and comedy shows to low sensory museum experiences and picnics, there are plenty of opportunities for people to get involved.

For full details about the program, which runs until October 25, visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au/count-us-in

Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor

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