I do not know what it is like to live with a disability, but I can admire the strength it requires. Contemplating the daily challenges faced by those living with disabilities is truly beyond my imagination.
That is why this day is a reminder of the significance of individuals with disabilities and how we can play our part in creating a better, inclusive society for them. Today is International Day of Disabled Persons 2023, and let us remind ourselves of the importance of the pursuit of creating a world where everyone echoes the collective commitment to equality.
Celebrating seniors with disabilities
International Day of Disability 2023 is a day of observance dedicated to encouraging the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities. This includes children and adults. This is especially important for aging individuals with disabilities.
As people age, they may experience changes in their physical and mental health that can make it more challenging to participate in activities they enjoy. Here are ways we should celebrate disabled individuals and aspire to make their lives easier!
Try to organize inclusive events
When organizing events, our planning should cater to varying abilities, ensuring everyone, especially those with disabilities, can participate and enjoy.
Tell their tales
The best way to raise awareness and educate the masses is to share stories of disabled people. Even offering a platform for, let’s say, seniors with disabilities to share their experiences. This gives them and us a chance to share inspiration and valuable insights.
Offer supportive services
We should try arranging for services that accommodate their unique needs, such as accessible transportation and assistive devices. It can be at social gatherings or even in retirement homes.
We should aspire to create an environment where seniors with disabilities feel welcomed, valued, and included in all aspects of community life.
Educate and empower
Encouraging lifelong learning and providing resources that empower seniors with disabilities to follow new interests and skills (as long as possible).
Advocate for accessibility
Advocating our work towards making public spaces, facilities, and transportation more accessible for people with disabilities, starting at the root level of society.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023
This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities urges us to examine our communities and our policies and open our hearts to ensure that they are accessible and accommodating for individuals living with a disability!
A brief history!
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities also known as IDPD for short) was established by the UN General Assembly in 1992. It has since been observed on December 3rd every year to promote the rights of individuals with disabilities.
IDPD highlights its achievements and advocates for inclusivity. This day emphasizes equal opportunities and accessibility for people with disabilities. The United Nations CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), adopted in 2006, reinforced the rights
of people with disabilities.
Help for disabled seniors in retirement communities
Retirement communities play a vital role in supporting seniors with disabilities. This means helping with activities of daily living. Some communities are designed with accessibility and inclusivity in mind and offer a wide range of services that cater exclusively to disabled individuals.
Here is how retirement communities can help:
- Accessibility: Implementing necessary environmental changes, such as ramps, handrails, and wider doorways, to enhance mobility. Such things can be found in senior apartments as well.
- Personalized care plans: Disabled individuals require constant care and support, including physical therapy, medication management, and specialized healthcare.
- Emotional support: Foster a supportive community where seniors with disabilities feel comfortable expressing their emotions and concerns.
- Recreation and activities: Organizing activities that cater exclusively to seniors with disabilities, allowing everyone to participate without feeling left out
- Healthcare coordination: Nurturing seamless communication between healthcare providers ensures seniors receive comprehensive care.
- Integration of technology: Introduce assistive technologies that can help enhance independence, accessibility, and well-being for disabled seniors.
In-home care for disabled seniors
For many seniors with disabilities, remaining in the comfort of their own homes is essential to their well-being. While retirement communities like memory care or assisted living often provide facilities to help disabled seniors, private home care has never been more pivotal to improving their lives!
Disability should never be seen nor felt as a burden but rather a facet of diversity that is enriching in its own unique form! Days that are dedicated to celebrating children, adults, and seniors with disabilities should encourage us to commit ourselves to making this an inclusive world where everyone can stand their ground on equal footing, even if they cannot!
Remember, the most incredible views come after the climb! It will be a challenge, but it will be worth it if we take the steps to accomplish what this day stands for!
And in such spirits, why not read the articles below to motivate yourself more?
What is the theme for the International Day for Persons with Disability 2023?
The theme for the International Day for Persons with Disability 2023 is ‘Transformative Solutions for Inclusive Development: The role of innovation in fueling an accessible and fair world.’ This theme goes well with the world’s situation, especially after the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic and how it affected people with disabilities.
What is the theme of International Day for People with disability?
Every year has its unique theme for celebrating this auspicious day for disabled people! For example, in 2022, the theme of IDPD was ‘transformative solutions for an inclusive and accessible world for people with disabilities.’
What is the purpose of the Disability Day?
The purpose of the International Day for Persons with Disabilities is to promote awareness and understanding while encouraging support for the rights, well-being, and presence of people with disabilities in all aspects of society, irrespective of age, race, or condition.
What is the meaning of a person with a disability?
A person with a disability has some form of limitation or impairment in one or more areas of life. It can be a physical limitation, cognitive (Alzheimer’s, for example), sensory, or mental. This term incorporates various conditions and challenges that prevent a person from functioning normally.