On the 3rd December every year we celebrate the International Day of Disabled Persons. This year’s theme is about hidden disabilities.
This year we wan’t to spread awareness and understanding ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ such as: mental illness, chronic pain, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, learning disabilities and autism.
According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15% of the world’s population (that’s more than 1 billion people) are living with disability of some kind. 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. National statistics show that there are 1.5 million people in the UK who have a learning disability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected people with disabilities. Increased isolation, feeling disconnected, disrupted routines and fewer support services available has meant that there has been a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing.
We hope you will join us in celebrating and helping us to raise awareness of the importance of International Day of Disabled Persons this year.
In Leeds this year we have a fantastic range of activities, performances and events to help celebrate and raise awareness of people with disabilities.
The events takes place between 1st – 4th December and all events are free to attend.
You can visit Eventbrite for all the events available.
If you need help with booking online please call: 0113 242 1321
or email [email protected]