Posted 22.11.2019


The Department for Communities (DfC) and Disability Action are joining forces to host an event to recognise and celebrate United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

The event takes place on Tuesday 3 December, 2019, from 11.30am - 2pm, at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), Titanic Quarter, Belfast. A light buffet will be available from 11.30am with the event commencing at 12.00 noon.

The theme for this year is The Future is Accessible. The event will be opened by David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, and will feature a keynote address from Dermot Devlin, Chief Executive of My Way Access, followed by an account of the personal experiences of some users of DfC Access to Work Programmes. Following this a panel discussion will take place, chaired by Sean Fitzsimons from Disability Action.

There will be a marketplace area at the event which will showcase relevant information from various stakeholder organisations. A light lunch will be provided adjacent to the marketplace.

Please contact [email protected] to advise of any accessibility issues or dietary requirements that you may require. 

If you have a ticket to attend the event and are a disabled person we intend to run a shuttle service on the day from the Europa Bus Station, Belfast to the PRONI building in the Titanic Area of Belfast:

A bus will leave the Europa Bus station from Stand 18  @ 10:45, 11:00 and 11:15

A bus will leave PRONI for Europa Bus station Stand 18 @ 14:10, 14:20 and 14:30

Cost of each journey is £2.50 per person

Capacity is limited and will be on a first come first served basis.

Register for the FREE event here:

Many buildings and monuments throughout Northern Ireland have agreed to light up in purple on the day as a sign of support including:

Ards Town Hall, Newtownards

Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen

Lagan Valley Island Lisburn

McKee Clock Tower, Bangor

Magee College, Derry

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

The Alley Theatre, Strabane

Titanic Building, Belfast

We'll all be wearing purple too to celebrate the day! Why don't you!