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The past few months have brought many challenges, forcing all of us to rethink the way we reach out to others and do things in our everyday life. This is even more true for persons living with disabilities.

Today, Bellwoods, joins others in recognizing International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) – a day focused on increasing awareness and understanding of disability and recognizing the rights and well-being of the disabled.  This year’s theme – “Not all disabilities are visible” – invites us to open up the discussion on the different challenges encountered by people living with disabilities. For every person with a visible disability, there are approximately four people with an invisible one. Invisible disabilities include learning disorders, hearing impairments, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, mental illness and numerous other health related conditions.

IDPwD is celebrated internationally on December 3rd each year. This global event gives us an opportunity to consider how we can better connect with and support those in our family, friend and community circles who are living with disability, create a more inclusive community for everyone and respond to urgent needs of all those living with a disability.

A woman teaching sign language to her child.

Day for all – December 3, 2020 – International Day of People with Disabilities