International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD)

The United Nations theme for International Day of People with Disability for 2018 is empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality. Held on or around the 3rd December 2018, this day provides an opportunity to bring awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

International Day of People with Disability logo

International Day of People with Disability logo

This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. The 4th Invictus Games were held in Sydney from 21-27 October 2018. These games bring awareness internationally and empower people with disability. Invictus is Latin for “unconquered” or “undefeated”. The Invictus Games bring together injured, wounded and sick defence personnel to help aid in their recovery from physical and mental injuries.

Group of wheelchair sports people in a circle

Invictus Games 2018, Image provided by Jennie Nicholl

The Invictus Games 2018 were an international adaptive multi-sport competition with 500 competitors from 18 nations competing in a range of adaptive sports. The games are for serving and former serving military personnel who have been wounded, injured or become ill during their military service. Through sports these unconquered competitors show they are able to overcome great adversity. They are a great inspiration to all. The Invictus Games has helped inspire not only People with Disability but also other people suffering from adversity. They bring awareness and show others that nothing is impossible – in line with the spirit of the ANZACs.

Invictus Games 2018, Image provided by Jennie Nicholl

State Library of Queensland has been part of commemorating 100 years since the First World War. Throughout the period 2014 – 2018 the Library has been commemorating the service and lives of Queenslanders during that war. Find out more about our World War 1 resources and or Find your soldier including Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander participation in WW1.

State Library of Queensland is a welcoming place with friendly staff to assist, where everyone can connect with ideas and creatively engage with each other. Why not come in and explore our library?


State Library of Queensland adaptive technology signage

We provide equitable services to all clients using our facilities and resources by reducing barriers to access. Amongst many other services we have a number of reserved parking spaces for people with disability and a pick up and drop off zone at the front of the building. State Library has a range of adaptive technology and assistive devices to access our collections.

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Assistance dog, Image provided by State Library of Queensland staff member

Certified guide, hearing and assistance dogs, wearing their identity card on their coat or harness are welcomed in State Library.

International Day of People with Disability





Jennie Nicholl

Library Technician, Visitor & Information Services

More Information:

State Library Access Information –

State Library of Queensland Disability Service Plan 2018-19 –

All Abilities Queensland: Opportunities For All State disability plan 2017–2020 –

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