What are we called: handicapped, crippled, disabled, impaired, mad, deaf-and-dumb, blind, peg-leg and much, much more and none of it great. There are about 1.3 billion people, a fifth of people around the world, living with the consequences of physical or mental ill-health. Anyone reading this almost certainly knows friends or family members who have disabilities and today’s the day to stand up for them.
Can the world afford to write us off? Aren’t we voters, tax-payers, workers, customers, thinkers, artists, inventors, musicians, friends, spouses, parents, children just like everyone else?
Too often politicians, employers, businesses and public servants just see us as too difficult, too expensive and not worth bothering about. Check out what they are doing on this International Day of People with Disabilities. Ask them what they are doing to make all our lives better, happier and fulfilled.