International Day of People with Disabilities

From autism to MS, millions of people around the world are living with a disability. International Day of People with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. IDPwD’s goal is to bring attention to the rights and welfare of people living with disabilities, including but not limited to: spina bifida, cerebral palsy, weak bones, missing limbs, etc. By acquiring a deeper understanding and compassion, we can make a difference in the lives of those suffering from disabilities.

Improving Health and Wellness of People with Disabilities

Over 650 million people across the world have a disability. Therefore, it is important to ensure people with disabilities have a high level of health and wellness. Fortunately, more and more people with disabilities are living longer, high quality lives due to the positive impact of public health and medical interventions. However, people with disabilities often lack access to basic primary and preventative health service due to inaccessible medical equipment. Furthermore, a lack of accessible transportation also contributes to the lack of health access for people with disabilities. Despite progress in technology, advocacy, and science, there’s still work to do in providing whole person care and a public understanding about disability.

Theme for 2015: Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of all Abilities

Many people with disabilities do not enjoy the same access and empowerment as others. This includes transportation, education, and social participation. By making cities inclusive and accessible for all, improving disability data, and including people with disabilities in society, we begin to create real opportunities.  The International Day is a great time to draw attention to disabilities as well as highlight the recent developments.

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