Sunday 3rd December marks the annual observance of the UN International Day of Disabled Persons. Since its conception in 1992, the day aims to raise awareness of all persons within the disabled spectrum along with promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
This year, three charities; the Limbless Association, LimbPower and Steps who work within the amputee community are launching a new campaign. The ‘I Can, You Can, We Can’ campaign focuses on what can be achieved by individuals alone through ‘I Can’, with the support from charities and organisations through ‘You Can’ and with the support of healthcare professionals and the prosthetic industry through ‘We Can’.
To help launch the campaign and raise funds for I CAN Youth Camps, a team of amputees, charity staff and healthcare professionals climbed the iconic O2 in London! Steeper prosthetist, Caroline from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, along with one of her patients was part of the team that completed the climb! “It was an amazing achievement, I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to complete the climb and also raise money for a great cause!” To help support Caroline and the ‘I Can, You Can, We Can’ campaign, donations can be made direct to her just giving page, www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Clark81
Over recent years, there have been significant positive steps in the inclusion of people with disabilities and limb impairments within mainstream popular culture. From actors with limb difference and cerebral palsy being cast in popular ITV soap Coronation Street to para-athlete, Jonnie Peacock becoming the first disabled person to participate in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. With the help of campaigns like ‘I Can, You Can, We Can’ we are slowly starting to see changes and developments into disabled people becoming more widely visible within the media and with this shift in attitudes, we look forward to highlighting the changes over the coming years as society as a whole becomes more inclusive.
For more information on the, ‘I Can, You Can, We Can’ campaign, please visit the Limbless Association, Limbpower or Steps websites.