International Disability Day
International Disability Day or the International Day of People with Disability is an international day promoted by the United Nations. It has been celebrated since 1992. International Disability Day aims to increase understanding and awareness of those with disabilities, as well as to raise awareness about the rights, dignity, and welfare of all disabled people.
It also raises awareness about the positive effects of integrating disabled people into all aspects of life. International Disability Day does not only focus on mental or physical disabilities. It encompasses all disabilities, including Autism, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, and other disabilities.
International Disability Day was created to encourage us all to think about how we can make society more inclusive and better cater for everyone’s needs. Did you know that 15% of the world’s population has some kind of disability? This is approximately one billion people. This is a huge number. While there have been great advances in accessibility and making sure that people with disabilities can live as full a life as they want, there are still many steps to be taken. We are encouraged to reflect on how we can make our community more inclusive.
This day is also a great opportunity to increase our awareness and knowledge about disabilities. There are 21 types of disabilities. These include mental illness, intellectual disabilities and hearing impairments. These conditions are important to understand so we can help anyone with a disability.
We don’t just mean accessibility to jobs and mobility when we speak of creating an inclusive society. There are many ways we can all contribute to this.
All of this began in 1976 when the United Nations General Assembly decided that 1981 should be declared the International Year of Disabled Persons.
Between that decision and the actual Year of Disabled Persons, 5 years were spent examining the hardships of the handicapped, how they could have equal opportunities, and how disabled people can fully participate in community life, enjoying all of their rights and benefits.
A second issue was discussed was how the world government could prevent disabilities from touching people. So much of the discussion was about viruses and other illnesses that can lead to different types of disability.
The United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons was established in 1983. During that decade, all of the previously developed concepts became part of a long-term process to improve the lives of people with disabilities around the globe.
Every year, many events are held across the globe since 1992. International Disability Day serves as a platform for discussions, forums, and campaigns related to disability. Communities are encouraged to host meetings, talks, or performances in their own local communities.
They can include hosting musicals or plays, and disabled people may be involved in these productions. It is intended to demonstrate to non-disabled individuals that people with disabilities can still be active members of society. This can cause discrimination in different degrees.
In contrast, the disabled benefit from these performances because they are able to prove that they can still do things despite their disabilities. This can increase their self-esteem and prevent mental problems such as depression from plaguing their minds.
These events, in general, are designed to challenge and eliminate stereotypes so that people with disabilities can live a life free from discrimination and hardship.
Every year, the day is marked by a different aspect that focuses on improving the lives and quality of life for people with disabilities. For example, 2007’s theme was “Decent Work for People with Disabilities”.
It was called “Break Barriers, open Doors: for an inclusive community and development for all” in 2013. This was a call to assist disabled people to live in an inclusive country and make society as accessible as possible, from installing braille on elevator buttons to making buildings wheelchair-accessible.
WAVs can be classified as either large, medium, or small. To find the right WAV for you, consider the following: the weight of the wheelchair, how many people you plan to travel with, their height, and the equipment that you will need on your journeys.
This will help you choose the right size WAV for you to hire. Most small WAVs can accommodate four people. They also have a ramp rather than a lift for easy access. Small WAVs usually have lower floors in order to provide more headroom.
For people who have larger wheelchairs and need to transport more equipment, medium wheelchair accessible vehicles can be used. These vehicles can accommodate between 5 and 7 people. Many of these chairs have ramps. Some even have an electric lift. These are great if you travel often with multiple passengers. This option is also great if you have heavy equipment or a large wheelchair.