Today is the 21st anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the theme “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all” (I bet ya’ll didn’t even know that). Just two days ago my timeline was flooded with World Aids Day posts but a mere 48hrs later no-one is talking about what today means. It is SAD that only those in the disability community commemorate December the 3rd yet over one billion people approximately 15% of the world’s population has a disability. It is funny how this year’s theme is about inclusion and breaking barriers yet the very same society we want to be included in does not even recognise us. The interesting thing about disability is NO-ONE is exempt from it. Sure you might not have been born with a disability but you could have a child with a disability. You could be involved in an accident and find yourself in that 15% of the world’s population. I pose this challenge to you what are you going to do to raise awareness about disability issues in your country? Don’t just “like” DO SOMETHING!!!!
That’s a message I posted on my Instagram account in the morning. Later in the day I then forwarded a similar message to my family and friends to post on their Facebook accounts with some Zimbabwean statics with regards to disability issues in the country. I have to say I did not expect such a response from people. The number of people who actually posted it on their Facebook accounts is AMAZING!!!!!!!! That one simple message has sparked something in people to start doing something in Zimbabwe to start being a change and make a positive impact in the lives of those with disabilities.
To all my fellow PWDS-people with disabilities, I want to celebrate you today; you are LEGEND, an absolute LEGEND!!!!!!!! And to all the mothers and fathers of children with disabilities, on this very day I want to say THANK YOU!!!!!!! You are doing an incredible job raising those children to ensure they reach their full potential. I SALUTE you; you are the world’s unsung heroes. May the Lord bless you abundantly.