International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, held every year on the 3rd of December, is a stark reminder of how much work still needs to be done to achieve a truly equitable and accessible society. Key aspects of a quality life – such as participating in cultural practices and employment – remains largely accommodated to the able-bodied and neurotypical. A pillar of this social inclusion and security of persons with disabilities is access to quality education and, crucially, to the necessary technology.

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For instance, greater attention must be paid to the technological needs of PwID, especially within education. For learning to be democratised, easy-to-read language should be used at a much wider level. To equip PwID with the knowledge and skills that enable them to exercise autonomy and right to self-determination, a standardised distance learning model needs to be put in place.

At ADILE, we hope to bring and see concrete changes to the current ableist status quo. We wish to see a future where the International Day of Persons with Disabilities reminds us of how far we’ve come as a society, instead of how much further we have to go.