Not all disabilities are visible

Not all disabilities are visible


“Not all Disabilities are Visible” – is the theme for the 2020 International Day of People with Disabilities (3rd December). This serves as a reminder of the importance of removing barriers for all people living with disabilities which are not immediately apparent.

Mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, diabetes, brain injuries, sight or hearing impairments, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions are among the examples of the millions of people currently living with a disability. According to the WHO World Report on Disability, more than one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. Of this number, it is 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. Another 69 million individuals are estimated to sustain Traumatic Brain Injuries each year worldwide, while one in 160 children are identified as on the autism spectrum.

As a result of the barriers faced, people with disabilities are not always able to participate in life experiences on equal basis with others in society. This includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation. The right to participate in public life is essential to empowerment, democratic engagement, active citizenship and reducing inequality.

In support of the 2020 International Day of People with Disabilities aims, Addysg Oedolion Cymru ǀ Adult Learning Wales is committed to promoting empowerment and helping to create real opportunities for people with disabilities. This enhances independent living and provides support to setting personal objectives. Empowerment means investing in people in employment, health, nutrition, education and social protection. When people are empowered, they are more likely to access opportunities, promote change and embrace their civic responsibilities.

For all of our learners, our learning venues are accessible while learners with any concerns can discuss these with their regional teams and tutors. We also offer a self-referral service for counselling, as well as support and advice on health and wellbeing on our website and through our support networks. We put all of our learners firmly at the heart of what we do. To find out more, talk to us today.

Kathryn Robson, Chief Executive
Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales


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