Celebrating World Disability Day 2022
Embracing Inclusion and Diversity
December 3rd is observed as ‘World Disability Day’ every year. The annual observance of this day was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly 47/3. It aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. Disability inclusion is an essential aspect to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. The commitment to realizing the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice, it is an investment in a common future.
Udaan and Umeed children at the Society For Indian Children’s Welfare celebrated “International Year of Persons with disabilities” in an ‘inclusive’ mode with a few children from ECCE. Together they spent time in classroom activities, sang and danced, played games and took part in other fun activities with an intent to make them understand the importance of communication, exchange of ideas and opinions, sharing and caring for each other and learning through play. The coordinators and special educators took efforts in explaining that each one of us is different in some way or the other and that irrespective of our abilities as well as disabilities, we all matter equally and are a part of this society and the world as a whole.
Most often, in moments of crisis, people in vulnerable situations such as persons with disabilities are the most excluded and left behind. In line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “leave no one behind”, it is crucial that we collaboratively provide platforms for education, inclusion and equal opportunities to them. It was a very joyful and fun time for all at both our programs.