International aay of mersons with Disability
The International Day of People with Disability is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992 on every 3rd of December. “Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person’s lifetime”.
The aim of disability day is to encourage a better understanding of person with disability, together to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of person with disability, as well as to raise awareness about the benefits and rights of persons with disability into every aspect of life, from economic, to political, to social and cultural.
Each year the day is celebrated with an emphasis on a new aspect related to improving the lives of people living with disability.
Persons with disabilities often face barriers to participation in all aspects of society. Barriers can take a variety of forms, including those relating to the physical environment or to information and communications technology (ICT), or those resulting from legislation or policy, or from social attitudes or discrimination. The result is that persons with disabilities do not have equal access to society or services, including education, employment, health care, transportation, political participation or justice.
Disabled Persons’ Association of Bhutan (DPAB) in collaboration with other Disabled Persons’ Organization (DPOs) has been taking initiatives towards the empowerment of disabled people in the communities by providing education support, life skills trainings and providing assistive devices to improve the quality of life and living conditions of people with disability.
However, there are still many people with disability confined to their homes mainly because of lack of awareness in the community about their rights which would enable them to live a productive life.
The facilities to assist the people living with disabilities should be treated as one of the top priorities in the public service policy of the government. The government can put in place am enabling legal environment including mandatory screening of planned activities tom ensure at the earliest the eradication of barriers by making our country an inclusive and live able place.
The responsibility cannot be put on to the government only or nor the civil society organization but it becomes the responsibility of each one of the responsible citizens to nurture our values and create a society where people with disabilities can move freely and treated with equality.
As responsible citizens we should join hands to promote the empowerment of persons with disability and barrier-free society so that they can enjoy the equal rights and equal opportunities. We must continue to strengthen our efforts to recognize, promote, implement and monitor the rights of persons with disabilities.
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