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Today is International Day of People with Disabilities which is observed globally each year.

Founded by the UN in 1992 to celebrate people living with disabilities across the world, it is a day to focus on creating diverse and accessible communities.

At Stiltz Home Elevators, we support the aims of the day as part of our ethos, helping those with disabilities to create complete accessibility at home.

Worldwide, more than one billion people experience disability, and this figure is predicted to rise. Many of us will experience disability in our lifetime, particularly as we grow older.

The international awareness day is about promoting the well-being and rights of persons with disabilities, and to raise awareness in all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life and its key principles are celebration, learning, optimizm and action.

The World Health Organization also joins the UN in observing this day each year, with the aim of securing equal rights for those with disabilities in all countries allowing full and equal participation in society in every aspect of life.

International Day of People with Disabilities does not discriminate between mental and physical disabilities, and the spirit of the day is to ensure that all people in the world have equal opportunities for work, play, health, and success.

The day is also very important because it builds awareness of the needs of people with disabilities who sometimes feel invisible in society. It promotes better understanding of the difficulties people with disabilities face, like the need for suitable parking and accessibility.

It also brings to the fore the Americans with Disabilities Act which was created to define the rights of people with disabilities and the design standards to which businesses and municipalities must adhere by law.

To observe International Day of People with Disabilities it is suggested there are three simple things people could do: become an advocate for people with disabilities, asking for necessary changes around the local community to maximize accessibility; lend a helping hand by inquiring at a local senior center or clinic if is there is someone who needs assistance with collecting medication, or picking up things at the grocery and; showing compassion by thinking empathetically about those around us who might have a disability and whose life might be more difficult.

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