National Disability Day, December 3, is a day to help everyone be more compassionate and understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
The day does not discriminate between mental and physical disabilities, and the spirit of the day is to ensure that all people in the world have the same opportunities for work, play, health and success. People with disabilities can be and are very often valuable and contributing members of society, and today it’s about appreciating them.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL DISABILITY DAY
Become an advocate for the disabled
Look around your community and the places you frequent. If there are no handicap accommodations, ask the store owner, mall manager, and / or elected officials to install them. Is the law.
Give a helping hand
Ask your local senior center or residence, or the nurses at an outpatient clinic, if they know of anyone who needs help. Offer help. Sometimes just delivering a medicine, dropping off the mail, or picking up a few things at the grocery store (simple tasks for you) would make a difference for someone with a disability.
Show some compassion
When you’re tired, harassed, and in a hurry, you know that you can be irritable at times. Don’t insult someone who is holding you back, or take your frustrations out on them. They may be disabled. If so, their lives are always like this, while their problems are probably temporary. Similarly, don’t let their bad moods ruin your day. This is when a smile can soften everything.
WHY NATIONAL DISABILITY DAY IS IMPORTANT
Raise awareness about people with disabilities
People with disabilities sometimes feel invisible in our society. People run around her in their daily routines, hardly noticing them. Today, try to make eye contact and smile (that’s good advice for everyone you see every day, not just the disabled) and be available to help if they seem to be struggling.
We better understand the difficulties people with disabilities have
The prized parking space right in front of the pharmacy, the slanted curbs at intersections with the textured floor mats in place so the visually impaired can feel the edge of the curb, the buttons to automatically open the doors, even the elevators in the subway, everything is in its place. to make life a little easier for a disabled person. Take a look at these adaptations today, and then notice how few of them there are.
It’s more than one day, it’s the law
The Americans with Disabilities Act was created to define the rights of people with disabilities and the design standards that businesses and municipalities must incorporate to comply with the law. Called the ADA, it is quite explicit in the required standards, and being familiar with it could be of great help to anyone in.