International Day of People with Disability

IDPwD is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

IDPwD is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.
International Day of People with Disability

Port Phillip Libraries Celebrates IDPwD 2022

Port Phillip Libraries are hosting a special day filled with information sessions, activities and performances from our special guests. We have events for children, adults and performances by local theatre groups.

Thursday December 1 
St Kilda Library
150 Carlisle St, St Kilda

In Conversation with Carly Findlay and Renay Barker-Mulholland

When and Where:
Thursday Dec 1
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
St Kilda Library

Carly Findlay will be interviewed by Renay Barker-Mulholland as they share their experiences of disability activism and education.

Both of our guests are proud champions for disability inclusion in Australia.

We invite you all to join in this important conversation and share your support for our communities.

Book Now

Bookings for this event are FREE but we ask you all to please register via the link below.

If you have accessibility requirements or require an adjustment to participate in this event, please contact Kate Foster to discuss this.

You can contact Kate via the St Kilda library team on (03) 9209 6655 or email

About Carly Findlay 

Our special guest speaker for IDPwD is Carly Findlay who will be interviewed by Renay Barker-Mulholland.

Carly Findlay OAM is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. Her first book, a memoir called Say Hellowas released in January 2019. 

Carly edited the anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia with Black Inc Books. 

She writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for news outlets including the ABC, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and SBS.

In 2020, Carly Findlay received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her work as a disability advocate and activist.

Carly will be speaking at our libraries about her experiences and activism. 

About Renay Barker-Mulholland

Renay Barker-Mulholland is an artist, writer, storyteller and creator.

Renay is a proud disabled, Biripi / Dungutti woman, and a staunch feminist who is dedicated to fighting for disability justice. 

Her work spans a variety of mediums with a varied style of delivery. But whatever the work, her stories are always intertwined and come from a Blak, Disabled, Intersectional feminist perspective.

Her artistic passions include writing, designing, styling, creating, and modeling wearable art, digital, multimedia work, and sculpture to name a few.

We are honoured to have her join us as our guest interviewer for this event.



Get your body moving. Head out to the library. Join in the adventure. Fog Theatre comes your way.

Join us on Thursday 1 December for several pop-up creative performances by Fog Theatre at the St Kilda library.

For one short hour put your browsing and borrowing aside to be amongst the balletic and majestic mayhem of Fog Theatre as they playfully bring life and vibes to different parts of the St Kilda Library.

When and Where:
Thursday December 1
12 pm to 1 pm
St Kilda Library

Fog Theatre’s pop-up performances at the library are part of a program of events City of Port Phillip is hosting for International Day of People with Disability.

Everyone is welcome and this event is free to attend.

Photo Permission granted by: David Hansen

Inclusive Storytime

Writer of Seeing Beyond Blindness and public speaker Maribel Steel is visiting St Kilda Library with Dindi the guide dog!

Maribel will be sharing stories and experiences of life with her beloved dog.

There will be lots of opportunities for pats and a sensory craft activity for our guests.

This event will be presented to the local St Kilda Primary school on the day and is not a public event

On Thursday 3 December 2020 we celebrated International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) by sharing a local virtual community performance - 'Got the Magic'.

Two local songwriters, Delsinki and Brooke Taylor, were commissioned to write an original song, 'Got the Magic', for this project.

Devised and created during COVID-19 restrictions, the performance project captures a period in Port Phillip's history during which our community was still able to come together virtually to celebrate inclusion in acknowledgement of IDPwD. Anyone with a connection to the City of Port Phillip was invited to participate.

You can watch the captioned and audio described versions below.

Above is the Got the Magic virtual community performance with captions

Got the Magic virtual community performance with audio description