International Day of Persons with disAbilities - 3 December 2013

From Where I Sit - Ruminations on Accessibility and Society

By B. Snow Manning-Jones, Provincial disAbility Representative

 

Surprising facts: 

More than one billion people (approx. 15% of the world’s population) are currently living with a disAbility.

 

In Canada, 1 in 3 people are either living with, or are affected by someone living with, a disAbility. Persons living with a disAbility face social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude us from participating as equal members of the greater society.

 

We are disproportionately represented amongst the poorest  in society and lack access to basic resources such as employment, education, healthcare, and legal support systems.  We experience a higher rate of mortality due to the deficit in access to basic healthcare, even in 2013.

 

In 2006, the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The Convention follows decades of work by the United Nations to change attitudes and approaches to the issue of disability that would ensure full equality and participation of persons with disabilities.

What we can do to observe IDPD 2013?

 

Hold forums and discussions and information campaigns regarding integration of persons living with disAbilities into their communities and development plans.

 

Celebrate by holding performances everywhere to recognize the contributions that have been made by persons with disAbilities as agents of change in your community.

 

Include disAbility in all aspects of development and further include those of us who are living with, or are affected by disAbility.  Promote public awareness to break barriers and open doors for a more inclusive society.

 

For further information on the International Day for Persons with disAbilities, follow the link:

http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1607

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