International Day of Person’s With a Disability

What is IDPWD? 

International Day of Person’s with a Disability (IDPWD) is a day that is designed to bring awareness to, celebrate and support people with disabilities. It marks The Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, which is an international treaty of the United Nations that is designed to protect people who have a disability, as well as their rights and dignity.

In celebration, the day aims to recognise the value of the diversity of the world, and cherish the role played by every individual  regardless of our abilities.

It aims to help people understand and learn from the experiences of people living with a disability.

Fundamentally it is a day of optimism that looks towards the future creation of a world where a person is not characterised by their disabilities, but by their abilities. IDPWD calls people, organisations, agencies and charities to action, asking them to show their support and take on a commitment to create a world characterised by equal human rights.

Their objectives

Their objectives are to educate people within the community around the barrier to inclusion; provide opportunities to education, training, volunteerism and employment for people with disabilities; provide social and personal support to people living with disabilities; provide transport services to people with a disability to support inclusion and participation within the community.

Funds generated by IDPWD go in part towards the creation fo social enterprise grants which support the creation of social trading businesses.

The 2020 IDPWD Theme: Not All Disabilities Are Visible

The 2020 theme of “Not All Disabilities are Visible” focusses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent. These may include mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among other things.

According to the World Health Organisation World Report on Disability, 15 per cent of the world’s population, which amounts to more than 1 billion people, live with a disability. Of this number, it is estimated that circa. 450 million people are living with a mental or neurological condition, meaning their disability is not immediately visible. Two thirds of these people with so called, invisible disabilities, will not seek professional medical help, in part due to stigma, discrimination, and neglect.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines and diminished services have greatly impacted the lives and well-being. Spreading awareness of invisible disabilities, as well as these potentially detrimental, though not always immediately apparent, impacts to mental health, is crucial as the world continues to fight against the virus.

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