SOLIHULL is preparing to host an international day of celebrating people with disabilities.
On Thursday, December 3 Solihull Council will join forces with partner organisations to honour the United Nations International Day of People with Disabilities at the Christian Renewal Centre on Lode Lane.
The event, which is expected to be one of the largest in the West Midlands, will centre around this year’s theme of ‘Inclusion Matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities’ and will feature stalls, exhibitions and information to help disabled people.
The Day celebrates the successes disabled people can achieve and promotes the support services that are available to them.
It also helps disabled people, carers and visitors understand the rights of disabled people.
John Flanner MBE, an award-winning motivational speaker and author, will be giving a keynote speech on how he conquered fear and blindness, and there will be a performance from Music in Motion – a group of deaf and hearing people who entertain by using British Sign Language to sign popular songs.
Speaking ahead of opening the event, Mayor of Solihull, Coun Glenis Slater, said: “The International Day for People with Disabilities is a global event that does an enormous amount of good. It is an important message that everyone in our society is equal and should be treated as such.
“The event provides people with disabilities the chance to find out more information about what is available to support them and give them new opportunities in the area.”
The event will run from 10am until 3pm.