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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

It’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme for this year is: “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.” Launching Mauda has given me an opportunity to learn more about disability and the challenges the still prevalent lack of inclusive design pose.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m by no stretch of the imagination an expert on disability. In fact, I’m still in the process of educating myself anyway. And that’s why today’s blog is all about sharing content from the ones who know and understand disability from within. The ones who can share their experience first-hand without the need for someone else to speak on their behalf. So, without further ado, here we go.

The Top Ten Misconceptions Of Visual Impairment

Fashioneyesta is a writer, journalist, YouTuber, blogger and (of course) a fashionista. Watch this video where she addresses some of the most common misconceptions on visual impairments.

When building this world no one thought of me

“I’m not disabled because of the way in which my genetic makeup occurred when I was born, but because of society and mostly because of the design of society and the world around me” – Sinéad Burke. Can you imagine using a public toilet and the lock not working, or the sink not having running water? What if all this is available but for you can’t use it because whoever installed these placed them outside reach? Watch this video where Sinéad Burke shares her experience with a lack of inclusive design.

When we design for disability, we all benefit

Potato peelers are a common find in European/American kitchens. And almost everyone on the planet these days texts someone at least once a day. What do these have in common? These were originally designed for disabled people, but ended up being so successful that everyone can benefit from them. Watch this video by Elise Roy where she discusses the benefits of inclusive design.

Not all disabilities are visible

Disability doesn’t look a particular way and no one should be justifying why they’re using an accessible toilet or parking space. Unfortunately, abuse towards people who use accessibility but don’t have a visible disability is a major issue. Find out more here.

Disabled people are the experts in their own experience

Inclusion Scotland work to achieve positive changes to policy and practice, so that disabled people are fully included throughout all Scottish society as equal citizens. In this video they share advice to employers:

  1. Be open minded and don’t let your judgement be affected by misconceptions around disability;
  2. Embrace change to make your workplace more accessible to everyone;
  3. Be ready to learn from the lived experience of disabled people;
  4. Be honest when you aren’t sure about what might work best for your staff

Show me your best possible self

Lastly, I’ll leave you with an incredible lady: Elizabeth Wright. She’s a disability allyship consultant, keynote speaker, disability activist and Paralympic medallist. Elizabeth is also the founding editor of Conscious Beingcreating a community for and by disabled women and non-binary folk. Watch Re-imaging “special” educational needs where Elizabeth introduces us to lovely Emily!

Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Enjoy your weekend x

Photo by Eren Li from Pexels

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