Disability awareness — connections and competition
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day celebrated annually on 3 December.
The day recognizes the achievements, contributions and abilities of people with disability. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness about disability issues in society, promote understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.
A group of intellectually disabled children attended the Sahabat Anak Jamboree earlier this year in August to share their story and mingle with the marginalized children attending the Jamboree. The kids were from Special Olympics Indonesia (SOIna) and they completed their Jamboree visit with an onstage musical performance which the Jamboree children sang, danced and cheered along.
While these two groups of children have very different background and very different challenges they have some threads of life in common:
- they and their problems are often hidden or minimalized in society
- they are all children regardless of age, ability, race or gender and
- they all have struggles and issues in their life whether it is environmental, economic, intellectual or physical that prevent them from engaging fully and have full access to their rights as children.
Our friends from SOIna are headed to Newcastle, Australia this week to compete in the Special Olympics. They will be there during 3 December for the IDPwD. We wish them good luck in their respective sports and in representing their country in this special event. Go team Indonesia!
Michelle Unwin (Sahabat Anak PR)