Virtual International Day of People with Disabilities

 

Northampton’s disabled people’s forum will host a virtual programme of activities marking the International Day of People with Disabilities on Thursday, 3 December.

To mark the day and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with all abilities, promote awareness, understanding and acceptance in the community the forum will host a virtual Disability Awareness Day via Northampton Borough Council’s  YouTube channel from 10am on Thursday, 3 December. The information-packed virtual event hosted by Kian Saville, disabled people’s forum member, will also look to raise awareness of the different support, sports and work opportunities available to disabled people in the town.

Additionally, information, activities and personal experiences from local residents will be shared as part of the event aiming to highlight this year’s theme ‘Not all disabilities are visible’ raising awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, brain injuries, diabetes and neurological disorders among others.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, isolation, disconnect, disrupted routines and diminished services have greatly impacted the lives and mental well-being of people with disabilities.

“Spreading awareness of invisible disabilities, as well as these potentially detrimental— and not always immediately apparent— impacts on mental health is crucial as the world continues to fight against the virus.

“I encourage everyone to get involved and showing their support by signing our card, changing their profile frame for their Facebook presence or donating to charities who support our communities to get through these challenging times.”

Residents are encouraged to show their support by signing and sharing uplifting messages through an e-card click here to sign the card

Facebook users can also help spread awareness about the International Day of People With Disabilities by updating their profile with an IDPWD proud supporter profile frame available at profile frame gallery or sharing a support message that would include the hashtags #idpwd #inclusionisforeverybody and #idpwd2020.

Kian Saville added: “I am delighted that I was selected to host the International Day of Disability for Northampton. I believe that this year is more than special to show what disabled people can accomplish despite the many challenges that we have faced and to change societal opinions on disability people.”

Find out more about the event and book a place at www.northampton.gov.uk/eventscalendar