Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, designated by the United Nations as a day for promoting the rights of disabled people worldwide. More specifically:
“It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.”
One of the most important areas in which we can all make progress for the benefit of disabled people and society as a whole is in the workplace. Although one in every five people worldwide has a disability, discrimination is rife. Here are a few statistics are taken from this shocking compilation:
The poverty rate for people with disabilities is 47%. The employment rate for disabled people of working age is just 35%, compared with 78% for non-disabled people.
About one in four people with a disability will face at least one incident of discrimination every day. 38% of people believe that someone with a disability is a burden on society.
So, what can you do to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities?