3 December is International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) - a global awareness day established by the United Nations in 1992 that recognises how far we've come in terms of human rights and equal treatment - and acknowledges how far we still have to go. It is a perfect day to celebrate our diversity, no matter our abilities! The 2020 theme of International Day of People with Disabilities is:
NOT ALL DISABILITIES ARE VISIBLE
We put together a short video asking our Clients and Staff to list one disability that is invisible or hard to see. We were interested to know which ones people would list and which were important to them. Mental health came up a few times, perhaps because there has been a lot of attention on it in October and November, or perhaps because all that isolation, separation and lockdowns this year have taken a toll on our mental health...
As our Managing Director, Alicia, says in the video, not all disabilities can be seen or heard. It is up to us, through awareness and understanding, to work together to remove the barriers of disability for everyone, and make the world a more inclusive place.