Today (3rd December) is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) which the UN started in 1992 to raise awareness about disability issues and the idea of an inclusive and accessible society for everyone.
In the UK an estimated 11.5 million people are living with a disability (19% of the population) and at Whizz-Kidz we’ve offered over 25,000 opportunities to young disabled people throughout the UK since 1990. In 2015, we have supported over 1,000 young disabled people with mobility equipment, and over 1,400 have attended our services including youth clubs, wheelchair skills training, residential camps, and work placements.
What one thing would you change?
Whizz-Kidz is all about inclusion and this year the theme of IDPWD is ‘inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities’. We asked several young wheelchair users to tell us one thing they would change on IDPWD. You can read their blogs by clicking on the links below.
- Better representation of disabled people in the media
- Better accessibility and more accessible toilets
- Better access to work for disabled people
- Change the way disabled people are treated
We believe that young wheelchair users should be able to take part in society in an equal way.
So here’s to IDPWD, it’s an important day of the year but at Whizz-Kidz we are working to empower young disabled people all year round so they can reach their potential.