On the subject of disability, we are here to remind you that life comes in many forms, and society need not brand anyone as standard or substandard. International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed annually on 3 December. As part of the celebration, we aim to raise awareness and support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilities.The day reminds of an opportunity for us to put our humanity into practice and understand that life needs to be handled with sensitivity. That sort of sensitivity has to come naturally to people, rather than looking for some mystical or divine solution
'Disability' encompasses impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions, indicating adverse effects of interaction between a person (with a health problem) and their contextual (environmental and personal) factors. The concept of disability cannot be reduced to biology or social factors alone. 80% of the one billion people with disabilities reside in developing nations.
This year's theme is "Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world." In the current global environment, there is a critical need for action. It is imperative to find joint solutions to build a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable world for all.
We want you to understand through this blog that even persons who are not physically impaired in any manner experience mockery due to their inabilities. Not all of us have the same abilities.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasises the importance of "leaving no one behind." To make the world more accessible and equitable, governments, the public, and the private sectors must collaborate to find innovative solutions for and with persons with disabilities.
Invisible disabilities, such as mental health disorders, chronic pain, and fatigue, can profoundly impact the quality of a person's life. The signs of mental disabilities, such as autism or schizophrenia, are not always evident until you interact with an individual for a while. Many mental health disabilities are stigmatised in society, like chronic depression. In addition to de-stigmatizing disabilities and creating greater awareness of them in society, one of the goals of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is to empower people with disabilities to lead better and more fulfilled lives.
The challenges of accessibility, social inclusion, employment, and access to health care will be crucial in the coming years, given that there are around one billion people living with some form of disability worldwide. The general populace's awareness of how ubiquitous these challenges are is the key to addressing many of these obstacles. The absence of a life-limiting disability today does not preclude the occurrence of one in the future. Disability prevalence is anticipated to rise as people live longer.
By raising awareness of people with disabilities, we seek to contribute to making the world a more inclusive place through Solh Wellness. What will you do to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities? Always remember that your actions matter!
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”