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International Day of People with Disabilities is celebrated across the UK

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There were a number of celebrations that have taken place this December for International Day of People with Disabilities. Having taken place on 3rd December, the day aims to “increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance” of disability issues globally.

The News Motability website talks about how the day was formed: “Introduced in 1992 with the intention of raising awareness of disability issues globally, the United Nations’ International Day of People With Disabilities takes place on December 3rd this year. Its theme for 2020 is ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ – a statement backed up with a series of remarkable numbers.”

It is known that almost 15% of the world’s population have some form of disability whether that is visible or not, a number that is predicted to rise in the future. The celebrations are a way for those who may otherwise be overlooked to celebrate their disabilities and increase awareness for issues close to their hearts.

The article continues to explain how not all disabilities are physical and more than 450 million people in the UK suffer from a mental disability but will never seek medical attention: “In the UK alone, more than 14 million people are disabled, the term defined as having ‘a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities. Globally, it’s estimated that 450 million people are living with a mental or neurological condition. Of those 450 million, two-thirds will not seek professional medical help, largely due to stigma, discrimination and the fear of neglect.”

December 3rd saw celebrations across the UK and the day will continue to raise awareness for those with disabilities visible and invisible for years to come.

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