Leon on Life – #IDPWD 2018

3rd December 2018

Over 1 billion people in the world have some form of disability, that’s 1 in 7. It can affect all us at any time in our lives.

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3.

It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on 3rd December and the UN has announced that this year’s theme is Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’.

Whilst trawling the web for more information about the plans for 2018 I came across www.purplespace.org

PurpleSpace is the world’s only networking and professional development hub for disabled employees, network and resource group leaders and allies from all sectors and trades .  It has developed the #PurpleLightUp movement which it believes will help to unify a global call to action.

In 2017 major corporations and government buildings in countries across the world lit up purple or flew a purple flag to celebrate the power of disabled people across the world.  This year the aim is to go ‘Bigger, Bolder & Brighter’.  To that end organisations are invited to pledge on how they will be joining #PurpleLightUp

This may be to use social media to celebrate its own ‘purple’ disabled employees and the positive impact they have in the workplace, or perhaps holding a disability awareness event and inviting attendees to add a little purple in their attire.  For those more ambitious organisations, they could even illuminate their buildings in the colour purple.

True inclusion comes from a world that accepts all human difference, where people demand their voices to be heard.

Be part of the purple revolution.

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By Leon Taylor

Husband, dad, former Great Britain & England Cerebral Palsy footballer. Going greyer by the day! UK Spokesperson for World Cerebral Palsy Day, Cerebral Palsy Sport Ambassador & Trustee for Derby County Community Trust #cpandproud