Today, December 3rd, people and organizations around the world are celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Celebrations of this day, with various themes, have taken place since 1992. All of the yearly themes, however, have had a universal theme within the descriptive words for the day: the inclusion of ALL peoples and the respecting of the rites and dignity for ALL Persons, enAbling them to participate fully in their communities, country, society and the world.
Instead of providing Historical or "nice to read" information, CWDO is asking you to search your own thoughts today, discovering your own answers to these questions about disability.
- Can you name five physical disabilities?
- Can you name five invisible disabilities?
- If you were to become temporarily disabled for one month, what disability would you be willing to accept?
- If you were to become permanently disabled for the rest of your life, what disability would you be willing to accept?
- If you were to become temporarily disabled for one month, what disability do you fear the most?
- If you were to become permanently disabled for the rest of your life, what disability do you fear the most?
- What daily living activities would upset you to have help in doing?
- Is there a possibility that you will ever become temporarily or permanently disabled?
There is an important positive word within the word disability. It is the word "Ability". Maybe we should be talking about Persons with disAbilities today.
What are your thoughts?
Please read our IYPD issue of our CWDO Newsletter for today. Follow the progress and get involved in working towards a Barrier-Free Canada!