International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and the 2020 theme is “Not all disabilities are visible.” This means we’re focusing on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent. This includes mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.

According to the World Health Organization, 15 percent of the world’s population is living with a disability. Additionally, two-thirds of these people won’t seek professional help. This is largely due to the stigma surrounding disabilities.

Spreading awareness of both visible and invisible disabilities is vitally important at all times, but especially this year. The COVID pandemic has caused isolation, disconnected, disrupted routines, and diminished services which has seriously impacted the lives of people living with disabilities.

Today, while we raise extra awareness of people with disabilities, let’s take the time to educate ourselves! Click the link below to learn more about the International Day of People with Disabilities.