Today, 3 December marks the annual International Day of Person’s with Disabilities. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in society and development. Across the UK many people and organisations have events on in support of the day, and to raise awareness for those with disabilities.
Independent Living in Scotland project (ILiS) has organised Scotland’s first-ever Annual Disabled People’s Summit, titled ‘Getting our Rights right’. The event is for persons with disabilities, their organisations, allies and decision-makers. The event will discuss the status of human rights and equality for persons with disabilities in Scotland. ‘Summit 2015 – Getting our Rights right’ is the first-ever national Annual Disabled People’s Summit in Scotland, where proposals and steps forward will be explored.
In Newbury, England, West Berkshire Disability Alliance and West Berkshire Independent Living Network will celebrate, together with others, themes of ‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities’, with inspirational speakers, information stands and networking opportunities, also exchanging greetings with colleagues around the planet, further to inspire international co-operation and solidarity.
Disability Action Wyre forest will be holding a public meeting in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, promoting accessibility for persons with disabilities at Wyre Forest. The group is currently working on ensuring all new dwelling built in the district have disabled access.
In Coventry, West Midlands, Coventry City Council are working with assist-Mi, a Disabled Person’s User Led Organisation to launch the first ever citywide pilot deployment of their smartphone app disability assistance tool, revolutionising accessibility across the city. The aim is to showcase the most inclusive and accessible city in the UK, with many service providers signing up to the scheme, including (amongst others) public buildings, restaurants and universities to offer bespoke assistance to disabled users on the go.
Disability North are celebrating the day at Sage, Gateshead. They are celebrating the work being done in the North East to break down the barriers that disabled people face with a day packed full of speakers and performances. This year we will be exploring a range of topics including the portrayal of disability in media and disability in the arts.
West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are supporting the IDPD, as they continue to raise awareness of what constitutes a hate crime and encourage reporting. A joint hate crime campaign was relaunched in October to raise awareness of hate crime. This month, to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the campaign will be focusing on disability hate crime, to support anyone who is targeted as a result of their physical disability, sensory impairment, learning disability or mental health disorder or condition.
Teachers and schools are also encouraged to get involved by taking part in the Forgotten 10 Challenge – the UK’s largest campaign in support of the forgotten victims of conflict. Globe Dimension offer links to teaching resources and video clip called ‘Motion Disabled’ showing animated versions of real people living with conditions such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, missing limbs, brittle bones and short stature, performing everyday activities. It aims to raise awareness of disability rights, and would also be great to show to students to generate discussion about what ‘disability’ means. There is no commentary to the video, but a clip with an audio description is also available.
Also keep up with the Ouch Blog BBC News with information and thoughts on the day and what it stands for, the blog will also be keeping up to date with events and news of IDPD 2015.
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