Have a Nice Day

Today is December 3, the annual United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. (What, you thought it was only National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day, National Apple Pie Day and National Ice Cream Box Day?) (I did not make these up, people.) The UN day recognizes the fact that about 15 percent of folks around the world – over a billion people in total – live with a disability.

Every year, the UN day is observed with a different theme. This year’s is “Break Barriers, Open Doors” – in other words, get rid of those pesky stairs and ancient attitudes, and try to be a tad more welcoming to your friends, co-workers and neighbours with disabilities.

It may sound like a good deed to be more considerate, open-minded and fair. Of course it is. But this is one of those kindnesses that will always circle back. A more inclusive community means a better chance that people with disabilities can contribute – by getting an education, by paying taxes, by leading positive change. Not to mention becoming a friend, actually having the opportunity to enrich your life or someone else’s life because there are no barriers at school or in the workplace or in policy or at the local bowling alley.

After all, if a certain Toronto studio theatre were not accessible 21 years ago, I wouldn’t have met the love of my life and given birth to the star of my universe.

If that isn’t life-enriching, I don’t know what is.

Here’s the celebratory card that my above-mentioned universe star made for her dad, several December 3rds ago.

Here’s the celebratory card that my above-mentioned universe star made for her dad, several December 3rds ago.

6 responses to “Have a Nice Day

  1. Love this, Lisa – especially the last bit :)))

  2. Thanks, Heather! (I’m partial to the last bit, too!)

  3. Thanks for alerting us to this, Lisa. We need all aspects of the world to be more inclusive to everyone–with special considerations to those who live with daily challenges living with disabilities. You show us how that is possible, and yet so easy if we just treat everyone with respect.

  4. Yep, it’s not that difficult, and I know it’s a cliche to say that “attitude is the biggest barrier,” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true! Thanks for the comment, Christine.

  5. We are all or will be disabled, some of us just start a little earlier. Its a case of the Golden Rule Do unto others what you will have them do unto you when you’ll need you.

  6. Have always loved that rule, winetourist!

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