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International Day Of Persons With Disabilities | How To Show Support

On December 3, The United Nationals recognized annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities.  A day committed to championing and advocating for a better world.  The annual recognition has been promoted by the UN for 24 years, dating back to 1992, and is dedicated to cultivating awareness and understanding of issues involving disabilities while celebrating the remarkable contributions and achievements of individuals with disabilities across the world.

From 1983 to 1992, the UN encouraged governments and organizations alike to take action to improve the life of disabled individuals across the globe.  In 1992, the movement was extended when the UN general assembly announced December 3 would be recognized as the International Day of Disabled Persons.  Now, the Convection on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) dedicates efforts to removing barriers for the disabled, believing that the more society champions the disabled community to interact with the world, the less their disabilities set them apart.

More than 15 percent of the population is considered disabled with more than 80 percent living in developing nations that don’t have the ability or infrastructure to support them enjoying the same lifestyles as their able bodied counterparts.  The U.N. continues to raise awareness, funds and other resources to assist those with disabilities in gaining independency and living rewarding lives.  On International Day of Persons With Disabilities, state parties and advocates come together to emphasize the importance of the cause and discuss ways to push forward.  But the movement wouldn’t be possible without the help of countless others who are committed to joining.  If you’re interested in taking action and getting involved, below are some suggestions on how to allocate your resources.

Get Involved

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed, and the myriad of avenues to help includes a wide range of opportunity.  Some organizations assist individuals with disabilities live with equality, dignity and independence.  Others train service dogs to help those impacted gain autonomy in day-to-day living while others work selfishly for the civil rights, advocacy and public policy.  If you’re interesting in volunteering for the UN, you can head over to their page to learn more.  But don’t forget about local organizations.  Educating yourself on the local establishments dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities is a perfect way to make a difference in the community you’re a part of.

Find Unique Avenues To Support

Naturally, supporting individuals with disabilities can extend outside the boundaries of volunteering your time — you can even try finding ways to use your own gifts to develop avenues for advocacy.  For example, you could activate your creative energy to organize an art show, film viewing event or even organize an exhibit to showcase the works of disabled artists.  Reminding your community that disabled individuals are just as talented and inspiring as able bodied individuals will not only add community value, but create avenues to cultivate support, love and understanding.

Foster Awareness

In today’s burgeoning media world, soundboards are available everywhere you look.  Blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking or the old-fashioned route — talking are impactful avenues to spread messages.  Educate others about an organization that works to help improve the lives of others and show support by providing ways to join the cause or pitch in.  The more education that is disseminated, the more opportunity there is for progress.

Donations

While there are many organizations that help individuals with disabilities to select from, choosing one that means something to you personally is a great place to start.  Perhaps you’ve been impacted by a specific anecdote or family member battling a certain condition.  If you’re in a position that allows you to donate, it can be a great way to ensure adequate resources or to foster improved lives and inclusivity for disabled individuals.  If you can’t donate, you can always spread the message and inspire others to chip in when and where they can.  UNICEF, for example, helps kids with disabilities live normal lives and protects them from violence.

While joining in to celebrate International Day of Persons With Disabilities is a phenomenal opportunity to come together as a planet to support and advocate for others, Aspire of WNY hopes you find some time to help support the disabled community.  Whether its Autism in Western New York or any of the other special needs right here in Buffalo NY, we’re committed to establishing and improving community services for the developmentally disabled.  Real progress is achieved at the ground level, each and every day and every hand pitching in matters in making sure the world knows that every PERSON matters.

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