Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A day to unify around ensuring a better, more equitable world. An annual celebration promoted by the United Nations since 1992, the day is dedicated to helping spread awareness and understanding of disability issues, while championing the extraordinary achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities across the globe.
World Diabetes Day campaign focuses on a dedicated theme that runs throughout the entire year. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2019 is Family and Diabetes. The truth is, diabetes has a huge impact on the family and support network of those affected. Promoting the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education is so important.
The most important part of interacting with someone who has a disability is seeing that person for whom he or she is, and not what disability that person has. What it boils down to is having a sense of disability awareness and disability etiquette. The point is to help raise awareness and change societal perceptions.
"As an agender trans person with disabling conditions and a mixed ethnic/cultural background, I'm no stranger to having uneasy footing in public spaces. But normally, I'm simply a proud and informed ally and advocate to my friends and colleagues who have been the primary targets of shadow ban sanctions - until these same sanctions have started impacting me." - Ariel L.
"How was someone like this supposed to have sex? No matter what creative solutions I spun in my mind, it was doomed to be a “high impact” activity, likely one that would leave me bed bound for days."
Breast Cancer Awareness Month means different things to different people. For some, it’s about celebrating survival and new life after the long battle with cancer has been won. For others, it’s about remembering and reflecting on the life of a loved one lost to the disease.
Sadly, a large number of students who are leaving high school and transitioning into college often lack the knowledge and or skills to advocate for themselves. That being said, it is imperative that they learn and develop self-advocacy skills, as well as cultivate a strong sense of empowerment before exiting high school.
At 8 years old, I received my first wheelchair and it gave me the freedom and independence my legs failed to provide. It became my equalizer, allowing me to live a more inclusive lifestyle. Today, it still affords me the opportunity to maintain the independent lifestyle for which I am so grateful.