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Published on 02/12/2022

International Day of Persons with Disabilities or World Disabled Day is celebrated every year on 3rd December.

World Disabled Day aims to promote awareness of disabled people's suffering in all cultural, social, and political aspects while promoting their rights and well-being at all levels of society and development. Observing this day yearly serves to highlight how crucial it is to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, ensuring that they can live free from barriers in all areas of their lives and engage freely, equally, and effectively in society.

The theme this year (2022) is "Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world." On this day, let's aim to create a more accessible and sustainable world by raising awareness of the challenges that people with disabilities face worldwide. On this World Disabled Day, Let's spread the message to the entire world to support persons with disabilities who can also actively contribute to the response to the generation of new possibilities.

Understanding Disability!

A disability is a physical or mental condition (impairment) that makes it more difficult for a person to undertake specific tasks and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions). There are many different forms of disabilities, including those that affect a person.

Types of Disability:

  • Visual disability
  • Speech disability
  • Hearing disability
  • Locomotor disability
  • Mental disability
  • Leprosy cured persons

Although two people with the same sort of disability may experience completely different effects, some disabilities may be hidden or unclear to identify.

Disability Prevention

All actions should be taken to reduce the onset of impairment (first-level prevention) and its progress into functional limitation (second-level prevention), as well as to prevent the transfer of functional limitation to disability (third-level prevention).
The environment should be changed to enhance health conditions, avoid impairments, and improve outcomes for people with disabilities, such as accessible built environments and transport, as well as more work and employment opportunities.

Disability and Health Healthy Living

People with disabilities need proper health care to stay healthy, active, and engaged in society. A disability does not indicate that a person is not healthy or cannot be healthy. For everyone, being healthy involves getting and staying well so we may enjoy full, active lives. That includes having the skills and information required to make healthy decisions and prevent illness. It also implies knowing that health problems associated with a disability can be treated for people with impairments. Pain, depression, and an increased risk of certain illnesses are secondary conditions.
People with disabilities need healthcare that addresses their needs as a whole person and not just as a person with a disability to be healthy. Most people, whether they have impairments or not, can maintain good health if they learn about and adopt healthy lifestyles.

Leading a Long and Healthy Life

Follow these advice to live a long and healthy life:

  • Be physically active every day.
  • Eat healthy foods in healthy portions.
  • Avoid getting too much sun. Learn how to prevent skin cancer.
  • Get regular medical checkups. Find which health treatments and screenings may be beneficial.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Use medicines wisely.
  • IDrink in moderation if you consume alcoholic beverages.
  • Stay in touch with family and friends.
  • Speak with the healthcare provider if you require assistance.

The term is commonly used to refer to various types of chronic diseases, physical disability, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, and mental illness.
Due to stigma, discrimination, ignorance about disabilities, and lack of social support for those who provide care for them, people with disabilities are considerably more likely to experience violence. Children with disabilities are nearly four times as likely to face violence than children without disabilities.

Spread Love and Happiness, Avoid Discrimination Towards People with Disabilities.