What Ability Foundation and Sydney Zoo teamed up for International Day of People with Disability (#IDPwD) and to celebrate the Foundation’s first  birthday by unlocking a zoo experience for more than 100 people living with a disability, their families and caregivers.

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

The day was an opportunity for families to explore the NEW Sydney Zoo, which was designed specifically with no hills or steps for varying levels of mobility.

It was also the perfect time to announce Sydney Zoo as an official experience partner.

Steve Dresler, founder of What Ability Foundation said:”Thank you to our experience partner @thesydneyzoo for leading the accessibility path and providing a zoo for ALL abilities.

“This fantastic opportunity with Sydney Zoo will mean so much for our families! Sydney Zoo is leading the accessibility path and we can only hope more zoos get on board. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Sydney Zoo,” he said.

“Sydney Zoo is proud to support the incredible work of What Ability and provide a place for everyone to have a great day out,” said Chris Rivett of Sydney Zoo.

We were lucky enough to be joined by several of our athletes on the day including Manly Sea Eagles Player Sean Keppie,  Sydney Kings basketballer Shaun Bruce, GWS Giants player Ally Dallaway and Sydney Sixes cricketer Lauren Cheatle.

The event made news headlines including TV segments on Channel 7 and an article in the Daily Telegraph. Two lucky foundation families were treated to a meerkats encounter experience together with our CEO, Belinda Woolford and athlete Sean Keppie.

Thank you once again to Sydney Zoo for hosting the day and providing access to its world class facilities.

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