International Day of Persons with Disabilities
A Message of Embracing Intersectionality in the Limb Loss and or Limb Difference Community
This week around the globe we mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3). It is crucial to reflect on the diverse experiences within our community and acknowledge the importance of intersectionality and our multifaceted community, especially concerning limb loss and limb difference. Whether it be differences in age, race, gender, or socio-economic background, we must collaboratively foster an inclusive environment that supports and elevates everyone on their journey.
The observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities allows us to continue our focus to promote and elevate collective learning and an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. We join all allies willing to uplift the rights of people with disabilities this day and daily in our mission. And we recognize as we honor these significant moments it is our daily work that will continue moving disability rights forward.
We know the limb loss and limb difference community represents 5 million plus in the U.S. The Amputee Coalition emphasizes the need for allyship in how we achieve our vision: a world where our community thrives, and mission to support, educate, and advocate for those living with limb loss and/or limb difference. Allies play a crucial role in amplifying diverse voices, advocating for equal opportunities, and challenging societal norms that perpetuate discrimination. By fostering a culture of allyship, we can create a more inclusive and understanding community. We thank our partners in advocacy, peer support, youth engagement, hospital and care facilities, our donors, staff, and community members who continue to rally together to make the disability community’s voice heard.
Whether you use this International Day of Persons with Disabilities to organize an inclusive community event, volunteer or donate to a disability advocacy organization, share stories of individuals with disabilities, or continue creating a disability-friendly and inclusive environment among many ways we are all celebrating, we know this goes beyond one day, week, or month but rather a collective voice and movement we all have an opportunity to come together to support all people having the right to thrive.
The Amputee Coalition is committed to uniting in our commitment to embrace diversity, champion, accessibility, and equity, and foster a sense of belonging for every member of our community. Together, we can build a future where everyone, regardless of their unique challenges, can thrive and contribute to a more equitable world.