International Persons with Disabilities Day

Decemeber 3 is International Persons with Disabilities Day.  Over Approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population live with some form of disability.  Persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society.  They are disproportionately represented among the world’s poorest, and lack equal access to basic resources, such as education, employment, healthcare and social and legal support systems, as well as have a higher rate of mortality.  The commemoration International Persons with Disabilities Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of disability and to promote accessibility.

For more about the unique challenges faces by Pagans with disabilities, check out this article by Patti Wigington.  Also check out The Staff of Aesclepius, a blog for Pagans with mental, physical or sensory impairments; who are in recovery from major injuries or addiction; and/or who are members of the Deaf or Blind community; and Vulcan’s Sister, another blog about Paganism and disability.

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