Inclusive events and programs

About our inclusive events and programs

We provide a wide range of activities, events and programs for the community throughout the year, with the aim of ensuring that these are accessible and inclusive for the whole community, including people with disability. Events include:

We will continue to expand on the provision of accessible and inclusive event services, including: Beach matting at Castaways

  • Auslan interpretation
  • audio-loops
  • tactile tours
  • beach matting
  • free use of beach wheelchairs and walkers
  • accessible viewing areas
  • chill-out zones
  • Sensory-Santa meet and greet (Christmas Festival only)
  • social stories
  • accessible toilets
  • additional ACROD parking close to the event
  • headphones
  • and more.

To see what will be provided at each event, see the What’s On calendar for individual event details. If you have any specific access queries or requests, please contact us at customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au or 9528 0333.

International Day of People with Disability

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations observed day that is celebrated on 3 December each year. The day aims to increase public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disability. It is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions and achievements of people with disability and to promote inclusive communities.

With this in mind, we invite everyone to celebrate the achievements and contributions of local community members with disability by attending our free IDPwD event with the theme ‘Together We Thrive’.

  • Date: Thursday 1 December 2022
  • Time: 10am-2pm
  • Venue: Gary Holland Community Centre, 19 Kent Street, Rockingham

There will be:

  • interactive activities
  • silent disco
  • chill out zone (sensory friendly space)
  • performances
  • workshops
  • food and drink
  • community information
  • microenterprises*.

*A microenterprise, or microbusiness, is a small business. For individuals with disability, the focus is on building a business around the person’s interests, hobbies and strengths.

Registration is essential.

Register here

Be involved

Local community members with lived experience of disability who own microenterprises* are invited to submit an Expression of Interest to host a small stall to sell and promote their goods and services at the event.

*A microenterprise, or microbusiness, is a small business. For individuals with disability, the focus is on building a business around the person’s interests, hobbies and strengths.

To express your interest in hosting a microenterprise stall, please complete the attached form and email to customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au by 4pm Friday 4 November.

Celebrate Ability 2019

In 2019, Celebrate Ability was held to celebrate the day, with over 500 community members attending. Check out the gallery and video below.

  • Mayor Barry Sammels speaking at Celebrate Ability 2019Mayor Barry Sammels speaking
  • Live music performance by local students at Celebrate Ability 2019Live music performance by local students
  • Dance performance by TRACKSUIT at Celebrate Ability 2019Dance performance by TRACKSUIT
  • Sensory games and activities at Celebrate Ability 2019Sensory games and activities
  • Cuddles with a koala at Celebrate Ability 2019Cuddles with a koala
  • People enjoying the paint a car activityPeople enjoying the paint a car activity
  • Trishaw Rides at Celebrate Ability 2019Trishaw Rides
  • Patting and feeding a horse at Celebrate Ability 2019Patting and feeding a horse
  • MC’s Hannah and Danielle
  • More dancefloor action at Celebrate Ability 2019More dancefloor action
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  • Mayor Barry Sammels speaking at Celebrate Ability 2019
  • Live music performance by local students at Celebrate Ability 2019
  • Dance performance by TRACKSUIT at Celebrate Ability 2019
  • Sensory games and activities at Celebrate Ability 2019
  • Cuddles with a koala at Celebrate Ability 2019
  • People enjoying the paint a car activity
  • Trishaw Rides at Celebrate Ability 2019
  • Patting and feeding a horse at Celebrate Ability 2019
  • More dancefloor action at Celebrate Ability 2019

Video

Celebrate Ability 2019

Highlights from Celebrate Ability 2019.

Planning accessible and inclusive events

If you are holding a community event, you need to ensure access and inclusion for all. For more information and guidance on how this can be achieved, go to planning accessible and inclusive events.

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