WFOT supports The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2015
‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities’
WFOT supports the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD). On this day, WFOT encourages you to support events in your community and nation, to promote the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities, and to promote the role of occupational therapy.
The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation. The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society.
Persons with disabilities must be able to fulfil their role in society and participate on an equal basis with others. It is important to focus on the ability and not on the disability of an individual. Often, the societal image of persons with disabilities is impacted by attitudes based on stigma and discrimination, as well as archaic ideas about disability and persons with disabilities that are often the greatest barrier to their full and equal participation in society and development on an equal basis with others. It is important to note that disability is part of the human condition, and that all of us either are or will become disabled to one degree or another during the course of our lives.
By promoting empowerment, real opportunities for people are created. This enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities. Empowerment involves investing in people - in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities.
Sub-themes for IDPD 2015:
• Making cities inclusive and accessible for all
• Improving disability data and statistics
• Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development
[United Nations, http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1637, November 2015]
WFOT actively supports the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. The WFOT Resource Centre offers the following related resources:
World Report on Disability 2011 – launched
Statement on Occupational Therapy April 2010
Activities of Daily Living (2012)
Client-centredness in Occupational Therapy (2010)
Community Based Rehabilitation (2004)
Consumer Interface with Occupational Therapy (2010)
Diversity and Culture (2010)
Environmental Sustainability Sustainable Practice within Occupational Therapy (2012)
Human Displacement revised (2014)
Human Rights (2006)
Occupational Therapy in Disaster, Preparedness and Response (2014)
Universal Design (2012)
Vocational Rehabilitation (2012)
• More UN and WHO information.