This Monday 3 December, ISPO International celebrates the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) through its #ISPOWER campaign. This year’s theme is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”, which is also the message of #ISPOWER as ISPO’s call to action for improved access to Assistive Health Technology (AHT) and care to help people with impaired mobility participate fully in society. Through #ISPOWER, together we raise public and decision makers’ awareness and understanding of the importance of P&O and AHT care in helping to transform the lives of people with impaired mobility and integrate them into society.
#ISPOWER celebrated all around the world
People all around the world took part in the #ISPOWER campaign by participating in our photo contest or by organising an activity to help us raise awareness.
#ISPOWER in pictures
To celebrate IDPD 2018, we organised a photo contest to encourage ISPO members, partners and friends to share inspiring pictures and testimonials reflecting inclusiveness, equality and empowerment for persons with disabilities. And now it is time to reveal the winning picture! It was taken by Thanyaporn Rakbangboon from the Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics in Thailand, one of ISPO's recognised school. Here is their message for IDPD:
"Disability is a barrier that hinders the active participation of persons with disabilities in society. Many have talents and capabilities but frequently underestimated. Hence, they tend not to be included in different activities of society on an equal basis with others. In my perspective, all persons with disabilities have the right to be equal participants and active members in the community. If they believe they can, their abilities are stronger than their disabilities."
#ISPOWER in action
Schools, ISPO Member Societies and organisations also organised activities on or around 3 December to take part actively in the #ISPOWER campaign. More information coming soon!
Watch ISPO International President's message for IDPD here.