Published On: November 30th, 2023|Categories: Announcements, Community, Disability|Tags: |

International Day of People with Disability

Every year, December 3rd marks the observance of the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) , a global initiative dedicated to recognizing the challenges, accomplishments, and invaluable contributions of individuals with disabilities. Established by the United Nations in 1992, this day plays a crucial role in promoting awareness, dispelling misconceptions, and championing the rights and welfare of people with disabilities.

This blog post explores the historical background and importance of this commemoration, delves into the obstacles confronted by individuals with disabilities, and proposes actionable measures to foster a more inclusive world.

SIGNIFICANCE AND AWARENESS, & INCLUSIVITY

What is the significance of IDPwD?

The International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a demonstration of the world’s ongoing collective commitment to inclusion and accessibility for all. This day encapsulates a global effort to promote the rights and welfare of all with any kind of disability. It is crucial to observe this day, not only to celebrate people with disabilities and their achievements, but to also shed light on some of the disabilities that may not get enough attention or that are not as immediately visible to the wider world. Here at Help at Hand Support we are proud to be celebrating this day and raising awareness however we can.

What kind of challenges do people with disabilities face?

There are many challenges that people with disabilities face, both seen and unseen. These challenges are presented as: 

  1. Discrimination – people with disabilities are often openly, and more often indirectly, discriminated against in their everyday lives. This can take the form of direct and indirect discrimination that occurs behind closed doors, such as limited employment opportunities, unequal access to education, and exclusion from social events.
  2. Accessibility – access to physical spaces, information, and technology are often insufficient for those with disabilities. This is unfortunately unseen and unnoticed by those without a disability as they are unaffected by it. However, an accessible world should be a fundamental right rather than a wish.
  3. Healthcare Disparities – persons with disabilities are often left without the required access to medical care that they need. We must address these disparities to ensure a global inclusion and make an effort to provide care and medical attention for those who need it most.
  4. Stigma – stigmas fester in ignorance. It is important to educate the wider population that disabilities are not an excuse for exclusion. We must create an environment in which people with disabilities feel comfortable being in public spaces and engaging in activities that they would like to be a part of.

Understanding these challenges is a vital part of providing support. The staff at Help at Hand Support (HAHS) recognize and acknowledge that every participant is different and faces their own challenges. We use our expertise to tailor support to every individual to help overcome their challenges.

How do we promote inclusivity?

Inclusivity is at the forefront of changing minds and creating better living environments for persons with disabilities. But how do we make it happen? At Help at Hand Support we aim to achieve the following:  

  1. Raising Awareness – raising awareness is one of the most important factors in driving change. Events, campaigns, and educational programs are needed to increase the visibility of disability in the eyes of the public.
  2. Legislation – legislation and policy are at the forefront of driving real change. Persons with disability should be protected by these laws, which should address issues including discrimination, accessibility, and advocate for inclusivity in education and employment.
  3. Inclusivity – as mentioned, the law should advocate for inclusivity especially in areas of education and employment. This means encouraging businesses to create inclusive workplaces to accommodate any kind of employee, regardless of ability, as well as create hiring incentives to drive more persons with disabilities to apply for work. Within the educational system, similar efforts need to be made to ensure that students with disabilities feel eager and comfortable attending class. Students should also be taught about disability as part of the curriculum to foster a less discriminatory environment from a young age.
  4. Accessibility initiatives – as part of legislative changes, accessibility for persons with disability must be addressed to allow for comfortable and easy movement within public spaces. From placing ramps to building more elevators, these changes can make a substantial impact on everyday life.
Last Updated: January 22nd, 2024|

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