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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 3rd December, 2021

International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities is marked each year on 3 December. This is an annual occasion to raise awareness of the barriers and challenges faced by those with a disability. The day also highlights the need for the creation of improved equal opportunities, where accessibility exists within all aspects of the lives of people who have disabilities.

This year's theme is "Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world" with a particular focus on the challenges, barriers and opportunities people with disabilities face during a global pandemic.

There is not a single person on this earth who hasn’t been touched by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in some way. People with disabilities are among some of the most greatly affected, with marginalisation, discrimination and vulnerability as daily occurrences.

Key Disability Workstreams

We are currently learning from the experiences of people with disabilities who work at the Trust through our external partner, Living Options. Approximately 200 Trust staff completed the Living Options Disability Survey earlier this year, sharing their experiences and thoughts anonymously. Knowing the key themes and barriers people with disabilities face within the Trust ensures we can take accurate and meaningful action. The learning identified from individual experiences will improve workplace experiences and opportunities for all people who have a disability, impairment or long-term health condition. Thank you to everyone who has shared their experiences, your voices will help shape our culture and our future.

We are also excited to be enhancing visibility of our Supported Internship Programme, which provides opportunities to people who are D/deaf or who have a Learning Disability to gain workplace experience while attending college. This is a rewarding opportunity for everyone involved in the work experience placement.