6 December 2023

Life Without Barriers, along with the individuals we support volunteered and enjoyed the day.

Image: A staff member sits with three men supported by Life Without Barriers at the IDPwD Carnival of Fun in Darwin.

In a vibrant celebration of the International Day of People with Disability, the Marrara Indoor Netball Stadium played host for the Carnival of Fun. The internationally recognised day is for celebration, learning, optimism and action! And we made sure to take part in every aspect. The Life Without Barriers team, along with the people we support, actively participated in volunteering and enjoying the day. From sports and crafts to captivating performances, Zumba, and a petting zoo, the event truly embodied a Carnival of Fun.

Image: Two staff members and a man supported by Life Without Barriers stand together, smiling at the camera at the IDPwD Carnival of Fun in Darwin.

Florence Henaway, Director of Disability and Mental Health Services at Life Without Barriers in the Northern Territory, expressed gratitude to all the staff and highlighted the special contributions made by her Darwin team and the individuals they support.

"We made the International Day of People with Disability truly special. The dedication of our staff, many of whom volunteered their time, and the fantastic fun everyone had on the day was simply fantastic,” said Florence Henaway.

“A big thanks to our staff for their hard work and to everyone for creating such wonderful memories together!"

Image: A group of people supported by Life Without Barriers are gathered around a table at the IDPwD Carnival of Fun in Darwin.

The festivities were open to people of all abilities, emphasising inclusivity and providing an opportunity for the community to come together in celebration. The event showcased the spirit of unity and support, leaving a lasting impact on the Darwin community.

As always, there was an awards ceremony, and the Marrara Indoor Netball Stadium buzzed with energy as Lord Mayoral and Arts Access Awards were presented, acknowledging exceptional achievements in the disability community.

Image: Janice Carroll holds up her NT Arts Access Award.

One of the highlights of the day was the presentation of awards to individuals who have gone above and beyond in advocating for the rights and well-being of people with disabilities.

Janice Carroll, who attends a Life Without Barriers' Day Program in Alice Springs, won an award for her involvement in this year's Incite Arts D Performance Ensemble project, Strong Feelings. Incite Arts and the stArts with D performance ensemble presented Strong Feelings, a multi-arts, disability-led exhibition held at Red Hot Arts in March, 2023. You can watch the audio-described version of the film component of the exhibition here.

Izzy Dak received the prestigious Champion Award for his extensive participation in various community events, working groups, and advisory boards.

Image: Two men hold their NT Arts Access Awards.

Toby Reynolds was honoured with the Rising Star Award for his passionate advocacy through sports and physical activities. By engaging in various sports, Toby has not only stayed active but has also fostered connections with others, enhancing communication tools and styles within the community.

Congratulations to Janice Carroll and the stArts with D Performance Ensemble for your groundbreaking work ‘Strong Feelings’ and deserved wins at the NT Arts Access Awards and a big well done to the winners and all the nominees.

Image: NT Art Access Awards recipients together as a group, holding their awards up. Image from Incite Arts.

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