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The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is December 3

Every year on December 3, people around the world celebrate the contributions and inclusion of people with disabilities.

As a school bus transportation provider to students living with disabilities each day, we know that these children have so much to offer our communities. It’s why we at 4Seasons believe that children living with disabilities should gain an equal opportunity to education and reach their full potential.

This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let’s focus on the actions we can take to continue to create a more adaptable world for those living with disabilities by ensuring equality and inclusion.

Here are 7 actions you can take to make the world more inclusive for people with disabilities:

 

1. Know the facts.

15% of the globe’s population and has a disability. That’s the largest minority group population in the world. Yet, those with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed, live in poverty and experience violence.

2. Use person-first language.

Focus on the person, not their disability or condition. Say “person with a disability” or “person living with a disability” instead of “disabled.”

3. Communicate directly.

Always look at the person with a disability, and not their assistant or interpreter. If you’re communicating with someone in a wheelchair, sit down so they don’t strain their neck looking up at you.

4. Ask before you help.

People with disabilities have varying levels of independence. Never assume someone with a disability has a low level of independence. Always ask before you help.

5. Never assume someone does or doesn’t have a disability.

Not all disabilities are visible, and every individual’s experience of a disability is different.

6. Become an advocate.

Persons with a disability are more likely to experience unemployment, poverty and violence more than others. Speak up against derogatory comments and violence, vote for

7. Educate yourself and others.

Learn about and share information on the Accessible Canada Act, Disability Rights in Canada and International Disability Rights. People with disabilities deserve and have a right to the same treatment, resources and opportunities as others.

 

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