December 3 is International Persons with Disabilities Day

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Challenges & Barriers

“The situation due to COVID-19 is very stressful. The number of people infected with the virus is increasing every day and so is the number of deaths. This scares me very much, especially since we don’t know when this will end. The hospitals are full, and I am very worried, I wonder what could happen if I get sick and have to go to the hospital…. I have thyroid problems and I need to do regular tests. Since the lockdown, I can no longer do them and can’t see my doctor. I keep taking my medication, without knowing if I should increase or decrease the dose, and this scares me.”

“In developing countries at least 20% of the poorest of the poor are persons with disabilities. I’m afraid that we’ll be losing most of them. Not because of COVID-19 but because of hunger…Someone that could not feed himself before, they have to depend on others or probably depend on begging on the street. Or someone who is unemployed. I know a lot of qualified people with disabilities that don’t have a job. So now their situation has worsened. What will they eat? Hunger will kill them even more than the COVID-19.”

Opportunities

“We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was never normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.” — Sonya Renee Taylor

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