Why International Day of People with Disabilities is so important

There are a couple of big days coming up which are very special to us at Vibrance.

On the 3rd of December, people across the world will come together to celebrate the annual International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD). This day, set up by the United Nations in 1992, aims to promote and support the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, and provides an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the amazing individuals with disabilities in their communities.

Vibrance is committed to being a part of this special day. On the 5th of December, we will be at Mile End Park participating in Tower Hamlets International Day of Persons with Disabilities Awards. The event is a celebration of those who have overcome barriers for disabled people and contributed to the arts, sports, education, work, training and travel.

As well as having a stand at the Awards, run by our brilliant service users and staff, we will be there cheering on some of the amazing people we support, who have been nominated for awards to recognise their achievements.

Events such as IDPD and the Awards being hosted by Tower Hamlets Council are so important. Far too often we neglect or simply don’t see the great work being done by people with disabilities or the challenges they overcome day-in-day-out. IDPD provides us with an opportunity to highlight their achievements and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals and organisations working with disabled people both locally and across the world.

As well as this, many people are unaware of the feats and struggles of those that have disabilities, and I would implore them to find a local IDPD event and go to it. They will have the opportunity to meet some astounding people that they may otherwise not have had the chance to interact with and learn about their lives. As a result of this initiative, hopefully, we will see them leave more informed and aware of disability rights and issues, whilst making new connections in the process.

I want to congratulate our service users for their thoroughly deserved nominations in the Tower Hamlets IDPD AWards and we all look forward to sharing this day with them, the local community and the world. Disabled people offer so much to our society and on IDPD we should all come together to celebrate this while continuing to push for disability rights and the dignity of individuals.