Disability Day to promote more accessible future
Accessibility is the theme of this year’s UN International Day of Disabled Persons.
The Ministry of Health’s Disability Advisory Council will work with Ageing and Disability Services to mark the occasion at a special ceremony on December 3.
Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: “The theme of this year’s event is ‘The Future is Accessible’. The DAC selected Bermudians who have made a difference in their own lives and that of others, despite being differently abled.
“Awardees will be recognised for their triumphant pursuits in overcoming barriers to participate in all aspects of society, as they have in some way been impacted by not having equal access to society or services, including education, employment, healthcare, and transportation, to name a few.”
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities said that the removal of barriers to movement by disabled people enabled “their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others”.
The UN International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by its General Assembly.
The day was designed to promote better understanding of disability problems and highlight the need for improvements.
The event will be marked at the Bermuda Society of Arts at Hamilton City Hall from 5.30pm to 7pm.
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