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International Day of People with Disabilities: 3rd December 2020

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When is International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020? 

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an annual event, taking place this year on the 3rd of December. Together with @reciteme we want to raise awareness for people with disabilities online and provide an inclusive experience when visiting our website. Giving everyone the opportunity to connect and be a part of our brand. Try out our toolbar here: https://www.annakennedyonline.com/

What is International Day of Persons with Disabilities?

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) is a day which promotes equality for people with disabilities in all areas of society. This day was first announced by the UN in 1992 with the aim of advancing disability rights and protecting the wellbeing of people with disabilities.

According to the World Health Organisation, around 15% of the world’s population are considered to have some form of disability. But all too often, the needs of people with disabilities are not catered for by the society they live in. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is intended to break down barriers to inclusion and fight for the rights of individuals with disabilities.

What’s the theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020?

This year’s theme is ‘Not All Disabilities Are Visible’. The day aim to raise awareness of disabilities which may not be immediately apparent but can still have an impact on people’s lives. These include mental illness, learning differences, chronic pain and sight or hearing impairments among others.

People with disabilities have been particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation and diminished services which have happened as a result. The goal for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is to spread awareness of invisible disabilities as well as the impact that COVID-19 has had on mental health.

Unfortunately, it’s still true that in some cases, people presume that if they can’t see it, the disability isn’t actually there. The reality of the matter is, of course, that disabilities can take so many forms and may not be immediately apparent – but that doesn’t stop them from being often debilitating, life-changing, and completely real.

A large consideration is mental illness, for which there will often be no immediate visible symptoms. Other things to consider are chronic pain and fatigue, hearing or sight impairments, brain injuries and other neurological difficulties, learning differences, cognitive dysfunction, and many invisible disabilities.

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Not all disabilities are visible

This theme aims to spread awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental health conditions, chronic pain or fatigue, diabetes, neurological, developmental or learning differences (like autism, ADHD, dyslexia), mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments, and brain injuries, among others.

In the UK, 1 in 5 people have a disability and it is estimated that between 70 per cent and 80 per cent of these people have a ‘hidden’ or ‘invisible’ disability.

Key messages for IDPD 2020

These are all issues which have often been made worse by the pandemic, in a variety of ways. Those who cannot see a person has a disability may be more prone to verbally abuse or attack someone for shielding, not wearing a face covering, or struggling to follow social distancing instructions.

Increasing awareness of the invisible challenges as well as the visible ones, faced by people with all different disabilities is more important than ever this year.

Please support us by tagging us with hashtag #IDPWD2020 on social media!

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