Nothing says 60th birthday party like colourful wigs, glitter capes, inspiring speeches and a pumping dance floor. And this is exactly how we celebrated NSW CID turning 60.

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The night kicked off with our AGM, where three new members were elected to the NSW CID board. They are Judith Lavender, Fiona McKenzie and Sophia Protey. Congratulations to you all! Jim Simpson was also awarded a life time membership for his amazing work.

We then moved on to the party where around 100 members and staff enjoyed food, chatted to each other and celebrated everything we have worked together to achieve. Over the years this has included:

- Securing specialist intellectual disability health services
- Getting support services for people with intellectual disability who are in contact with the justice system
- Setting up ASK CID a specialist information service that continues to provide hundreds of people with information every year

We enjoyed some inspiring speeches from our Chair, Michael Sullivan, and the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin. Mr McEwin started his speech with a powerful quote from Michael Sullivan, “I want to be part of the community, not just walk through it” before talking about making the community accessible for everyone and thanking NSW CID for the work that’s been done over the years. We were also treated to a number of videos showing our members talking about what NSW CID and what having a voice means to them.

Fittingly, the night finished off on the dance floor as we sang and rocked out to Beyonce and ACDC. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in making NSW CID the change movement it is – here’s to another 60 years of helping to create a positive and inclusive community!

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