People with disabilities to be celebrated with series of events
People with disabilities will be celebrated during this week to mark the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
A proclamation was given on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, kicking off a series of events throughout the week, culminating in a tag day on Saturday.
Tinée Furbert, the Minister of Social Development and Seniors, said: "As part of their 2022-2023 goals, the Disability Advisory Council oversaw the planning and development of the 2022 United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities week of events.
"A handful of organisations will be holding events just before and after the official week and we felt it is important to highlight them as well.
"WindReach's Common Ground conference, Hope Academy's Morning Wave and MWI's motorcade have become beloved, highly anticipated staples of IDPD for the local disabled and wider community alike and we're encouraged to see the enthusiasm and excitement from the organisations involved to build on and continue this.
"Unfortunately, the MWI motorcade will not take place this year. However, we expect an engaging and inspiring week nonetheless.
"We encourage the disabled community to participate in the events that will take place for them, by them; and in the spirit of inclusion, we also hope to see the wider community supporting these events.
"As we strive to 'promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights, and wellbeing of persons with disabilities', it is our aim that the spirit of inclusion, understanding and acceptance not just be celebrated over IDPD week but it becomes second nature in our day-to-day lives."
Details on the events can be found on the Disability Advisory Council Facebook page here, the Ministry of Social Development and Seniors Facebook and Instagram pages here and on the pages of each participating organisation.