Friday, December 03, 2021

International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities 2021

Friday marks International day of persons living with Disabilities The day is observed to promote the rights and well-being of people with disabilities at every level of society and development. Additionally, it also aims to raise awareness of the situations of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic and cultural life.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 1 billion people experience disability, and this figure is predicted to rise, due in part to population ageing and an increase in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases

This years theme is ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’.

The Western Cape's Social Development MEC, Sharna Fernandez, has encouraged citizens to get involved by participating in advocacy and awareness programmes that promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

"People with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and neglected people in South Africa. Many of these individuals face economic and social barriers that adversely affect their physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development.’’

"We need to welcome persons with disabilities into our lives, and teach communities how to assist in providing equal opportunities for them, and to appreciate the abilities and possibilities of persons with disabilities. One of the best ways to better understand and accept persons with disabilities is to involve both persons with and without disabilities in shared community activities, fostering inclusion," added Fernandez.

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