Today, December 3rd is International Day of Disabled Persons. The commemoration of the day aims to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. As well as raise awareness about the benefits of creating a society that is inclusive to everyone’s needs by integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life, from economic, to political, to social and cultural.
This theme focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences, and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.
Almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in life. Despite this, few countries have adequate mechanisms in place to respond fully to the needs of people with disabilities. The World Health Organization estimates that more than one billion people – about 15% of the world’s population – experience some form of disability. Of this number, it’s estimated 450 million are living with a mental or neurological condition— and two-thirds of these people will not seek professional medical help, largely due to stigma, discrimination, and neglect.
On this day, we are encouraged to think about how we can create a community that is inclusive for everyone. This can be done by holding discussions, forums and campaigns relating to disability, and communities are encouraged to organize meetings, talks.
Check out four companies who honor their disabled employees by offering specialized benefits and programs.
3M has an internal DisAbility Network for employees with a disability who would like more support or want to learn more about how to be an ally to those with disabilities. It’s made up of over 200 employees with disabilities, loved ones of those with disabilities, and advocates for those with disabilities.
The company recently received a 100% score on the 2019 Disability Equality Index, recognizing their continued work to achieve equality and inclusion for those with disabilities (they’ve earned this several years in a row).
At 3M, disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including non-apparent disabilities such as cancer or diabetes…
Source: Glassdoor Blog