The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Building on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which pledges to “leave no one behind”.
Each year we celebrate this day by inviting an inspirational athlete with disabilities to visit our school to educate us further on what it is like to live with a disability and how disabilities do not need to be barriers. Alongside this visit, each class studies an inspirational person with a disability to learn more about their personal journey and to appreciate the difficulties they have overcome. We link International Day of Person's with Disabilities week closely to Anti Bullying Week. This focus on people with SEND highlights the prejudice that can occur, creating an excellent teaching point for acceptance and inclusion. For children with complex SEND, we offer an alternative curriculum where our Wonder Room is the heart. Children are also offered a range of inclusive sports such as Boccia and Curling.
Over the past few years children have learnt about the life of Ade Adepitan, Ray Charles, Jonnie Peacock, Stephen Hawking, Tannia Grey-Thompson, Ryan Raghoo, Harriet Tubman, Melissa Stockwell, Michael Phelps, Beethoven and Stevie Wonder to name a few!