Celebrating International Day of People with Disabilities
December 3rd marks the International Day of People with Disabilities, an annual celebration recognizing 15% of the world’s population (that's more than 1 billion people!) who are living with disability.
Of this number, it’s estimated 450 million are living with a mental or neurological condition. 2/3 of these individuals will not seek professional help. This is largely due to stigma, discrimination and neglect. Another 69 million individuals are estimated to sustain Traumatic Brain Injuries each year worldwide, while 1 in 160 children are identified as on the autism spectrum.
This year's theme is "NOT ALL DISABILITIES ARE VISIBLE" which focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent. They include: mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences, and cognitive dysfunctions, just to name a few (idpwd.org).
As an advocate for inclusion, diversity, accessibility, and equity, the Human Resources Foundation recognizes the importance of this day and this year's theme. An important part of the work is helping to spread awareness. That's why we would like to thank and show our appreciation for Governor Tom Wolf and the State of Pennsylvania for supporting International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Together, we can join forces to remove barriers for all people living with disability, both visible and invisible. Together, we can dismantle the stigma and discrimination. Inclusion is a human right, not a privilege. And the Human Resources Foundation works towards building a community culture that promotes inclusion, accessibility and diversity. A society that spreads kindness, compassion, and understanding. One that embraces and empowers differences and individuality.