Dec. 3, 2019
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is annually observed on December third around the world. The theme for 2019 is “THE FUTURE IS ACCESSIBLE”. It means that we must all – together - look towards a future where the barriers which stand in people’s way no longer exist. We are looking for a future where people can access all buildings without using stairs; where a person can access a ramp to the beach; or can get a job without fear of discrimination; or can access a mainstream classroom.
Working towards an accessible future is everyone’s responsibility.
Persons with disability are not inherently ‘disabled’…disability is NOT a feature of a person. We say that people have health impairments: some of us need wheelchairs to mobilise; some of us need seeing-eye dogs; some of us need assistive technology – just like some of us need glasses to read; or medication to manage pain; or an inhaler to manage asthma.
All people have different health impairments at some time in their lives. The difference is that most of the time our health impairment doesn’t stop us from functioning, being included or participating in our community.
IDPWD exists to make sure that environmental and social BARRIERS are identified, and to help everyone to work together to overcome them. We will never eradicate health impairments…but by overcoming barriers, then we eliminate disablement.
If you or someone you know is affect by a visible or invisible health impairment, please encourage them to reach out to the GSU equity committee. We will help guide you or simply listen.
Souad S. Boone (Sue)
GSU RVP, Ontario