International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated every year on December 3rd. This day was established in 1992 which addresses the importance of promoting the rights and well-being of people with disabilities as well as raising awareness about the challenges these individuals encounter. The World Health Organization (WHO) joins the United Nations on this day each year, “reinforcing the importance of securing the rights of people with disabilities so they can participate fully, equally and effectively in society with others, and face no barriers in all aspects of their lives”. As we celebrate diversity, it is vital to recognize the unique abilities and contributions of individuals with disabilities in order to create an inclusive society.
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People with disabilities may encounter challenges ranging from physical barriers to social stigmas. However, every day on December 3rd, it serves as a day to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities who have overcome adversity, breaking down barriers as the goal to create a more inclusive world.
Inclusion in Education
An important aspect of this day is to advocate for inclusive education. Every individual regardless of their abilities deserves the right to ensure there is access to high quality education. For instance, creating an equitable learning environment is crucial in schools and depending on the learner’s needs, having the technology/equipment are important aspects to consider.
Inclusion in the Workplace
By creating inclusive workplaces and breaking down employment barriers is crucial to ensure we can harness the talents of individuals with disabilities. This would result in a more productive and inclusive work environment.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an important day for us to reflect upon and recognize the strengths of these individuals. It is vital to build an environment where regardless of someone’s ability, a person with a disability feels included and appreciated in our community. Together, our goal is to strive towards building a society that is accessible and inclusive for all.
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