How to Celebrate Disability Day:
Every year a variety of events are held across the world. From meetings and discussions within local communities to performances and musical events with disabled people getting involved to help raise awareness. The overall aim is to show non-disabled people that a person with a disability can be a vibrant member of society, as it happens that the entirely healthy are not always quite aware of this fact, which can lead to different kinds of discrimination of varying degrees of severity.
The disabled persons will have their chance to prove to themselves that there are many things they can do – this will obviously help self-esteem and mental health. In general, these kinds of events are meant to challenge and get rid of various stereotypes – proving that disabled people can enjoy lives free of discrimination and additional hardship.
Facts about disabilities in the UK:
- There are currently over 6.9 million disabled people of working age which represents 19% of the working population.
- Over 10 million disabled people in Britain are disabled.
- There are two million people with sight problems in the UK.
- There are currently 1.3 million disabled people in the UK who are available for and want to work.
- Nearly one in five people of working age (7 million, or 18.6%) in Great Britain have a disability.
What counts as a disability?
Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions. Impairments can be seen to describe a difference in a body structure or function. Limitations of activities such as having difficult walking long distances or simple day-to-day tasks. Participation restrictions are problems an individual may face when involving in life situations. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities requires interventions to remove environmental and social barriers.
Awareness needs to be made in order to change society to become more disabled-friendly in order to reach equality. Problems such as wheelchair ramps and disabled toilets should be available in all public places.