• International Disability Day

    December 3rd, is International Disability Day. It’s a celebration, created by the United Nations, to honour the one billion people worldwide living with some kind of disability. That’s 15% of the global population!

    Today is about promoting an understanding of disability issues and the rights of people with disabilities. We firmly believe that positive impact comes from the integration of those with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic and cultural life of our communities.

    To mark International Disability Day, we’d like you to introduce you to five of our friends from the international community, all of whom are affected by disability in some way.

    Joseph for example, lives in Bangalore, Southern India. He helps care for his grandson, Rahul (12) who has autism and cerebral palsy. Before Rahul was born, Joseph had very little experience of learning disability but, inspired by the lack of adequate provision for children with special needs in India, he set up the Balajothi Centre for the Disabled.

    Fela in Madagasgar was diagnosed with polio at the age of three. Her battle with the disease has given her the strength to help others who are handicapped. She pioneered the adoption of a law in Madagascar recognizing the rights of handicapped people and providing assistance to nearly two million disabled persons across her country. She founded her own organization, Centre Sembana Mijoro, to provide educational and professional assistance for handicapped children and young adults.

    Here’s a link to all the stories from India, America, Brazil, Madagascar and Canada.



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