The International Day of Disabled Persons was declared by the United Nations General Assembly to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
The UN states that approximately 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability.
What does disability mean?
The term “disability” could refer to physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various chronic diseases.
Persons with disabilities, are considered “the world’s largest minority”. They generally have poorer health outcomes, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities.
The entire community benefits when persons with disabilities have barriers removed so that they are able to participate fully in society.
If you are interested in working with persons who have disabilities, you will likely need to some post-secondary education.
Apply for the Canada Learning Bond to see if you are eligible for up to $2,000 for your post-secondary education.