Tomorrow, December 3, is International Day of People with Disability and this year’s theme encourages us all to use Coronavirus as impetus for positive change.
The theme, “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”, is a theme that we hope will get people, organisations and businesses thinking – and acting.
This year was undoubtedly challenging and the virus, lockdowns and restrictions had widespread impacts. But, we also saw people thinking differently and taking new approaches to their lives. We saw re-evaluation of priorities, changes in service delivery methods, business pivots and a swift increase in the number of people working from home. People thought outside the box, challenged their beliefs and tried new things.
Imagine if they also applied that to improving inclusivity, accessibility and sustainability?
International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations observed day and is celebrated internationally. We know that COVID-19 continues to impact around the world and that everyone’s experiences of this pandemic are different. But we hope that tomorrow, a spotlight will shine on the challenges and encourage people to act.
What changes would you like to see?