Sunday, December 02, 2007

International Day of Disabled Persons

Today is our day.

The International Day of Disabled Persons, established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons increases awareness of disability issues and promotes integration, equal opportunity and participation of disabled persons in society. Sounds good to me.
Congress acknowledged that society's accumulated myths and fears about disability and disease are as handicapping as are the physical limitations that flow from actual impairment.
William Joseph Brennan, Jr. (1906 - 1997), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

The theme for 2007 is "Decent work for persons with disabilities," focusing on the problem of denial of opportunities to work in an accessible and accepting environment.

Read about the themes and observances in previous years.

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Merelyme said...

i was unaware of this day.

reading the word..."disabled"...i am trying to reconcile it with my life. i have a son with autism and he would be considered to have a "disability." now i have MS but am i truly a part of this group? when is MS considered a disability? i am still coming to terms with my diagnosis and that word, in particular, freaks me out the most. i bet you could write a good post on this topic.

Vicki said...

What a good idea. I think I will try to tackle that. Thanks.