International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3rd 2023
Did you know?
- Of the one billion population of persons with disabilities, 80% live in developing countries.
- An estimated 46% of older people aged 60 years and over are people with disabilities.
- One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life, while one in every ten children is a child with a disability.
How to Celebrate International Day of Disabled Persons 2023 in the Workplace
International Day of Disabled Persons recognises visible and invisible disabilities, to promote the importance of inclusion in life and the workplace. An annual event, World Disability Day is hosted by the United Nations and encourages business leaders across the globe to value the unique contributions of disabled people.
In this post, discover how to celebrate and support disabled employees in your workplace.
When is the International Day of Disabled Persons 2023?
International Day of Disabled Persons is the 3rd of December 2023. First launched in 1992, the event is in its 29th year of celebration, marking nearly three decades of meaningful change for the disabled community.
Source: United Nations
Host a Training Session
The best way to ignite meaningful change in your workplace is to host a disability training session. Anyone can be affected by a disability, so it is important to ensure all employees understand the importance of accessibility to cultivate an inclusive culture.
5 Benefits of Disability Awareness Training:
- Improve Customer Service: Employees who recognise different conditions will better serve your customers, who may have such disorders.
- Learn the Legal Requirements: Reduce the risk of legal implications or unfair treatment by learning about the Equality Act 2010.
- Encourage Open Communication: Disabled people live with their conditions every day, so training can supply wellbeing support through open communication.
- Transform Perceptions: Reduce unconscious bias and misinformation through an informative training session, which informs your able-bodied staff.
- Validate Disabled Staff: A training session shows disabled employees that their feelings, experiences, and struggles are valid.
One of the most common invisible disabilities, it is vital to recognise neurodiversity in your workplace. These people uniquely view the world, as their brains are wired differently from their able-bodied counterparts.
What is Neurodiversity?
Examples of neurodiversity include:
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Neurodiversity defines natural variations of the human brain which influence their cognitive and intellectual processes. Source