December 3rd was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a United Nations-sanctioned day to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, and to raise awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
In the U.S., 61 million adults live with a disability, or 1 in 4 adults. 2 in 5 adults age 65 years and older have a disability, and 1 in 4 women have a disability. Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over (Source: CDC).
Just as people are diverse, disabilities and the way they impact each individual can be diverse as well. Sometimes, disabilities are hidden or not easily seen; however, it is important to recognize that disability is not inability. Persons with disabilities make extraordinary contributions to society everyday, in spite of, and sometimes because of, their different abilities. Tune into Circle of Rights social media to learn more!