The Catholic Church in Australia is celebrating International Day of People with Disability this week with a focus on the promise of technology for people with disability.
The 2014 theme is Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology. It focuses on the role of technology as a way to break down barriers for people with disability, particularly as devices are becoming faster, cheaper and more accessible.
Member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life and Bishops’ Delegate for Disability Issues, Bishop Terry Brady said, “It is appropriate that we observe and celebrate the International Day of People with Disability as we prepare during the Advent season for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
“Rapidly developing technology has changed the way people with disability can communicate and access catechesis, entertainment, faith formation, work, and information in general,” Bishop Brady added.
This morning, members of the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, people with disability and staff at the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference gathered for a morning of reflection and rejoicing to mark International Day of People with Disability, celebrated internationally on 3 December 2014.
Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Disability Projects Officer, Patricia Mowbray, said, “People with disability and their families told us in a recent consultation, that access to their parishes and faith communities is vital for their full participation in the Church”.
“There is still a need for videos to be captioned and materials be made available in large print and Braille. The Catholic Deaf community in Australia has called for a stronger presence of Auslan interpreters for major diocesan and national events,” Mrs Mowbray said.
“We must accept the call to be communities that gladly welcome people with disability and their families, recognising in all the presence of Christ, empowering all to evangelise and tell their ‘Good News,” Bishop Brady added.
Parishes throughout Australia are invited to access resources including tips for celebrating the initiative, liturgy notes, prayers and posters available at: catholic.org.au/disability
Photos (links to Photobucket)
- Luke Mowbray teaches his nephew Noah to use an iPad
- One of 5 ‘Inclusion Posters’ – resources to celebrate IDoPwD
For enquiries, please contact Trish mowbray on 0408 561 255.
Media release | 5 December 2014