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.
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.
"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."
The Blue Badge Company is so committed to employing those with limited work options and or physical challenges that over 40 percent of their “tour” team is either disabled or a primary caregiver.
March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness month. Cerebral Palsy (C.P.) is a broad diagnostic term used to describe a problem with movement and posture, due to damage or abnormalities in the brain that makes certain task or activities difficult. It is the most common motor disorder and the second most common disability found in children today.
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.
Having a voice and being a strong self-advocate when it comes to accessible healthcare is of the utmost importance. After all, who knows your body better than you?
The Wings for Life World Run is unlike any other race and fundraising event. Not only does it empower the participants to "Run for Those Who Can't". It also keeps the light shining on spinal cord injury research.
"My mom was my everything. After she passed away, I knew that she was such an incredible mother that she even raised me to be okay without her. Every day I try to think of how I can be better to honor what my mom would want from me. I know she would want me to be happy, healthy and help others." - Alexandra Connell
Her work centers herself and her personal life as a disabled women in narratives with as much adventure, glamour, sex appeal and empowerment as she can get herself into.
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