Moving in harmony to promote inclusiveness

NDIS participants from across Australia have come together virtually to celebrate diversity in a unique music video for this year’s International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on Thursday, 3 December.

Adults and children as young as two who live with a wide range of disabilities sway, spin, skip, and ‘shake their bootie’ to a catchy feel-good dance track in the video, produced by the NDIA.

“The video is about celebrating people of all abilities and helping to promote a more inclusive Australia,” said NDIA chief executive officer, Martin Hoffman.

“It’s about raising awareness and celebrating the millions of Australians with disability, including NDIS participants, not only today, but every day.”

NDIS participants from around the country filmed themselves moving, clapping, and dancing to the Indie pop electronic sounds of ARIA award-winning duo Flight Facilities’ upbeat track, Better than Ever, featuring American singer-songwriter and producer Aloe Blacc.

The films have been edited together to the song’s hand-clapping, mood-lifting rhythm and drum beat, which cuts across multiple genres, perfectly matching the theme of the video—inclusiveness.

“It’s an absolute pleasure for us to be involved in something so positive. Videos like these are the best part about being in the music industry, when we see how people can adopt our music to make it entirely their own.” Hugo and Jimmy of Flight Facilities.

IDPwD is a United Nations Day celebrated around the world every year on 3 December. The day aims to raise awareness and challenge common perceptions and stereotypes about disability. This year’s theme is ‘Seeing the ability in disability’.