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International Day of People with Disability

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In recent years, the notion of having “National Days” has increased with the rise of social media relevance and public awareness globally. From National Doughnut Day (3rd June – make note) to individual country’s National Unity Days, the world is starting to recognise more and more events and thus raising awareness on a huge level.

One day which has been promoted since the early 90’s is the International Day of People with Disability – otherwise known as Disability Day, which falls this Saturday 3rd December. More than one billion people across the world have some form of disability – around 15% of the population. The rates of disability are increasing due to ageing populations and alas the increase in chronic health conditions. This day aims to encourage a more thorough understanding of people affected by a disability, by making people aware of the rights and welfare of disabled individuals into every aspect of life. Disability Day encompasses all known mental and physical disabilities, promoting empowerment and inclusion into everyday society and lifestyle. From its beginning in 1976, there have been annual events which intend to challenge and banish stereotypes, in order to allow all disabled people to enjoy a discrimination free life. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote real opportunities for everyone.

A disability may be physical, sensory, mental, cognitive, developmental, or some combination of these, occurring from birth or manifesting during a person's lifetime. An individual may also qualify as disabled if he or she has had an impairment in the past. Each year, Disability Day introduces a theme to further the awareness of all types of disability. This year’s theme is “achieving 17 goals for the future we want,” draws attention to 17 sustainable goals which we can implement to create a more inclusive and equal world for people with disabilities – more is on this here.The theme provides a focus each year on how people with disability are excluded from various aspects of everyday life, from physical obstacles to misinformed perceptions. Both discrimination and also physical barriers are still paramount, meaning full integration of people with disabilities is hindered. These barriers include the high costs of health services, limited health services, and physical inaccessibility to buildings and homes.

With the rise in both disability itself and awareness of how we can bridge the gap and assist in everyday living, comes in the need for those who assist and work in autonomy to help create this equality and opportunity for disabled people. Healthcare workers from Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapist (OTs), nurses and healthcare assistants (HCAs) are all vital positions which are necessary, working together in solidarity to help create the opportunities for all people living with a disability. An Occupational Therapist provides support to those whose situation prevents them from doing the everyday things that allow them to lead their lives. An OT will identify the said barriers and encompass ways in which they can work to overcome these, creating achievable goals and solutions by introducing equipment and an environment which ensures that individuals can make adaptations to suit their needs. Similarly, a Physiotherapist will restore movements and functions in order to allow individuals to retain a manageable life. All healthcare workers work as part of a multi-disciplinary team within both councils and the National Health Service, providing such integral roles in overcoming the barriers that disabled people face.

We at Service Care Health work alongside these services and healthcare professionals and strive to provide excellent staff to reputable and established services across the country, to ensure that the best possible services are provided and are at hand for disabled individuals in communities nationwide.
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