International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The United Nation’s theme for this year’s International Day is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies for all’.

Here is a great video of a 17 medal winner, special Olympic athlete, Tatyana McFadden.  She has spina bifida and has fought and overcome against systemic barriers so that she could be able to fully participate in what interested her.  Her story highlights the needs for society to remove barriers.

There is also a facebook support group called Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities.

Please remember, you can help!

Include:

There are organizations out there that are working diligently for the rights of persons with disabilities.  Reach out and ask how you can help.  Labour has a great partnership with the United Way.  We work together to ensure that community agencies get the support and funding they need to provide services to our most vulnerable citizens within our communities, including those living with disabilities.

Organize:

Attend events and assist in campaigns to find ways of including and empowering persons of all abilities to be fully included in their communities.

Celebrate:

Join the celebration of the contributions made by persons with disabilities.

Take Action:

Stand behind those leaders who know first hand the barriers presented to those with disabilities.  Support them in ways they want your support, whether it’s lobbying your government for legislation, a conversation with your store about being accessible and inclusive in staffing, or talking to your city about sidewalks and stores becoming more accessible.

 

Some quotes to think about:

“Don’t tell me how brave I am because you ‘couldn’t live like this.’ Don’t ask me how I survive this way. You have no idea what you can live with until it happens to you, and you survive by waking up each day, the same as anyone else. It’s the only option I have if I want to live.” — Selena Marie Wilson

“I don’t want your pity. I don’t want your attention and I’m not interested in being an inspiration. I just want the same opportunities as everyone else.” — Christina Ebersohl

 

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