Disability awareness — connections and competition

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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)

 

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About Sahabat Anak

Sahabat Anak is a non-profit organisation that provides quality education and children’s rights advocacy in an effort to encourage and inspire Jakarta’s street children to escape urban poverty. The movement began in 1997 after a group of university students made a commitment to make a difference in the lives of Indonesia's street children. As a volunteer-based organisation, Sahabat Anak aims to involve as many members of the community as possible to help improve the lives of street children.

Posted on 11/29/2013, in Bahasa Inggris (English), Sahabat Anak News. Bookmark the permalink. Tinggalkan komentar.

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