International Day of People with Disability
Today marks International Day of People with a Disability; a
United Nations sactioned day that is celebrated globally. It aims
to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of
people with disability and celebrate the achievements and
contributions of people with disability.
This year's theme is Inclusion matters: access and
empowerment for people of all abilities.
There are also three sub-themes this year:
- Making cities inclusive and accessible for all
- Improving disability data and statistics
- Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and
These themes provides a frame for considering how people with
disability are excluded from society by promoting the removal of
all types of barriers; including those relating to the physical
environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or
It is great to see that invisible disabilities are receiving
specific attention this year. We know that often people won't
believe someone has a Brain Injury because they look "normal".
It is common for family, employers and friends to not understand
there are problems when they can't see physical evidence. Typical
"The insurance company says I'm fine and don't need
"My girlfriend says I'm self-centred and don't care about her
"Mum and dad think it's all in my head, that I'm making all this
"The boss thinks I'm being lazy and avoiding working too
Hopefully by focusing on invisible diabilities this year,
International Day of People with Disability will start
conversations across the world about how we can break down barriers
for all people living with a disability.