Dec. 3, 2020
December 3rd of each year is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Day.
The theme for the year of 2020 is ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible.’ This theme focuses on expanding awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, like mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.
These conditions affect some of the millions of people currently living with a disability that is not immediately apparent. It is a reminder of the importance of removing barriers for all people living with disabilities, both visible and invisible. Many of these people are not able to seek professional medical help, largely due to stigma, discrimination and neglect.
Especially now, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected a lot of people with disabilities, forcing them to become isolated and disconnected. The virus has disrupted routines and diminished available services. This pandemic has greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people living with disabilities, not just here in Canada, but also around the world. Spreading awareness of invisible disabilities and these potentially detrimental, and not always immediately apparent, impacts to mental health, is crucial as the world continues to fight against the virus.
On behalf of the GSU Equity Committee!