Today is International Day Of People With Disabilities, it’s a day to spread awareness of the many issues that impact the lives of people living with a disability. Issues including health, accessibility, employment, tourism and many more.
It began in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly, Resolution 47/3, in order to promote the rights and well-being of people with a disability, in all spheres of society and development. The theme for 2018 is “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”, which is exactly what we want to achieve at OOVIRT.
Inclusiveness and equality can be interpreted in many ways, however one significant way it can be ensured is through the provision of an accessible environment. In order for people with enhanced requirements to feel welcomed and included in society, there is still much progress to be made in this area. However, these changes do not necessarily need to be big, even the smallest of adjustments can have a huge impact on someone’s life.
I was born with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy and therefore do not know life without my disability. Throughout my 21 years of being a wheelchair user, I have constantly had to worry about visiting places due to my requirements being different from others around me. The issue of accessibility is restricting on so many lives and can cause daily stress.
Imagine getting all glammed up for a party that you’ve been looking forward to going to with your family for a few months. You turn up to start dancing the night away only to be greeted by a flight of stairs, you stand outside hoping there is another entrance but there’s not. This is unfortunately the reality for some people.
Although I am continuously anxious every time I make plans to visit someplace new, I don’t let it stop me from going. It just means that I have to take more time to research online for access information. Providing simple information on what facilities your venue has, as well as being clear about those you don’t, is an easy step that any business can take to improve their accessibility. People want to be able to make informed choices about where they can and cannot visit.
So please consider the access information you provide, it can really help people in their daily lives. When was the last time you checked the information you have on your website or social media to help people plan their visit to you? Maybe this could be something you could review today to help make a difference?
However, you decide to promote International Day of People with Disabilities today, please let us know. We want to hear about all the positive stories from around the world on how we can work together to improve the lives of people living with disabilities.