Dec. 3 is the International Day for Disabled Persons. The day aims to promote understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
CUPE’s persons with disabilities national working group is active on many fronts promoting and defending the rights of persons with disabilities. An inspiring new video, Challenging Attitudes: Disabilities, Discrimination and Doing Something About It, premiered at the Human Rights Conference in Vancouver. Watch for information about ordering copies.
Also available is It’s About Respect! Communicating with Our Sisters and Brothers with Disabilities. This handout contains suggestions from the working group on being sensitive and respectful when interacting with people with disabilities.
Don’t forget to spin the electronic Wheel of Chance. Depending on where the arrow lands, you’ll learn what it’s like to be a worker with a disability, how it may affect you in the workplace, and how your union can help.
You can find out more about these initiatives on our disability page. We encourage you to explore ways to educate co-workers about disability rights. Invite a speaker to a “brown bag” workplace lunch, or offer a workshop on duty to accommodate.
Increasing our awareness and knowledge about persons with disabilities is critical if they are to enjoy full participation and equality.