UN International Day for Persons with Disabilities
Every year since 1992, the UN has observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December. The aim of the Day is to: “promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.”
This year’s theme
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Day, with the theme for 2017 being: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.
As the United Nations Association – UK state, “Disability equals diversity, not disadvantage.” The concept of inclusivity works in multiple ways too; helping those with disabilities feel part of society and raise awareness to the benefits to that society for including people with disabilities.
The UK government also champions sustainable development in the “Leave No One Behind” promise. As part of this, they have committed to: “challenging the social barriers that deny people opportunity and limit their potential, including changing discrimination and exclusion based on gender, age, location, caste, religion, disability or sexual identity”.
One global company that’s keen to support this development is AccorHotels. To coincide with this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, they have added accessibility maps of their hotels and local businesses on the Jaccede app, which is a platform where people can review the accessibility of the places they visit.
We’re also extremely supportive of this year’s theme, as it promotes inclusivity and sustainable development of resources available to help those with disabilities – key ideals that we hold at the core of the work on our own Liferaft application.
How can Liferaft help?
As we previously discussed in our #InvisiblyDisabledLooksLike blog, there’s no way to “tell” that someone has a disability in all cases.
You can share information between all members of your care circle easily – no more repeating information to different professionals – helping communicate your needs more efficiently and reduce repetition.
Our application was also featured in the latest edition of the Disability Review Magazine, showcasing how Liferaft is an effective online toolkit to support caring for children and those with long-term conditions. You can read the article here.
To further support those in need, we have built up an invaluable directory of resources, so you can find out more about your rights, support groups and advice.
We recommend you keeping a look out on our events page, as we frequently update it with the latest events that have been setup to support those with disabilities and their carers.
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If you’re looking for a way to better track and manage your information, try Liferaft FREE today. Join Liferaft here.