Posted 03.12.2020

December 3rd 2020 is International Day of Disabled People, this is an annual global celebration and a chance for the disability community to come together as one voice both to celebrate achievement but also to focus on the challenges that disabled people continue to face. 

Disability Action began this initiative last year and has again asked iconic buildings and landmarks across Northern Ireland to ‘Light Up Purple’. 

Purple is the recognised colour associated with disability in the UK and in participating in this event local Councils and others are again showing their support to the Day’s celebrations.

Andrea Brown Interim Chief Executive said:

Disability Action is delighted at the level of participation we have received this year.  2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, when many have felt disconnected and isolated – it is great to witness so many iconic landmarks across all Council areas in Northern Ireland ‘light up purple’ as a demonstration of their encouragement to the disability community.

Disability Action is again partnering with The Department for Communities and participating in an online event this afternoon.  This year's theme is "Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world".

#idpwd2020 #socialinclusion #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs

Buildings and landmarks that will be lit up in support of IDPWD include:

  1. Disability Action HQ Office Belfast
  2. Sam Thompson Bridge Belfast
  3. Derry Council Offices
  4. Titanic Building Belfast
  5. Magee Clock Bangor
  6. Ards Town Hall
  7. Enniskillen Castle
  8. Strule Arts Centre Omagh
  9. Lagan Valley Island
  10. Craigavon Civic Centre
  11. Armagh Gaol
  12. The Palace Demense Banbridge
  13. Clock Tower at Town Hall Banbridge
  14. Ranfurly Arts Centre Dungannon
  15. Burnavon Arts Centre Cookstown
  16. Bridewell Magherafelt
  17. Cloonavin Coleraine
  18. Magee Campus Ulster University
  19. Antrim Civic Centre
  20. Ballyclare Town Hall
  21. Mossley Mill
  22. Newry Town Hall
  23. Downpatrick Leisure Centre
  24. Crescent Arts Centre Belfast
  25. Stormont Buildings