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13.11.2018

This project aims to celebrate the incredible potential of humanity

General Discussion

Read the remarkable stories of persons with disabilities around the world, or share your own story, not only to motivate those who are in a similar position or face similar obstacles, but also to make your voice heard by wider audiences and actors globally. This collection of stories constitutes an essential set of case studies and data from which governments, organizations of persons with disabilities, other civil society organizations, as well as the private sector can draw to develop informed policies, community actions, and business plans.

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Celeste
Dimeglio
25.07.2020

Hi Pam, this is the text that I went up in my story: "At 20 years of age I had a stroke and I was left with a hemiplegia, I recovered, with some difficulties to walk and with post-surgical epilepsy. I continued with my studies and finished studying Lawyer career, I work in the Judiciary.
I have a beautiful family that support me in everything. I started my activism for the rights of people with disabilities. I won two 2 competitions, one international in 2013, an Internship in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica and another in the Council of the Magistracy of the CABA with a Protocol of Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities in 2015. I coordinate the Disability Commission of the UEJN I coordinated the Disability Advisory Council for two years and was an external advisor to the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation where I present bills to promote good practices. I participated in the government management plan of the current president. I preside over the Civil Association for Full Inclusion and Equity I + E. "
I wanted to know if it was uploaded successfully and also know if videos can be uploaded. Thank you
Greetings.
Celeste Dimeglio
Argentina

Dear, I read the publication, but it is the third time that I ask you to leave the page of my CV, as it contains confidential information, such as my telephone number and the place where I live. I have 2 younger daughters and I take care of their safety. I understood that the CV was to corroborate the stories we tell. On the other hand, since I did not understand the subject of completing the trip well, I request to be able to load my story again. If I can't be like that, I'm going to ask you to cancel my profile and my story since my request has not been answered at any time. Thank you.

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Houtan
mohammad pour
27.07.2020

Hello
I am Hootan, I have a hearing loss, I live in Iran. Twenty-one years old
I am an industrial electricity student
Sorry the university fired me!
I did not choose Corona because of my semester course because our university does not have a deaf translator. It is difficult for me to study online. Unfortunately, the university does not understand me and I am very sorry to be fired!
Corona life is hard for the deaf in Iran Unfortunately, Iranian officials do not care about the deaf!
The people of Iran do not understand the deaf, it is difficult for us to wear a mask, and the mask does not go down! They do not write for us!
I am interested in deaf children. I asked the UNICEF Iran representative to cooperate. I sent an educational article on children's methods. They did not respond and did not allow the presence of the UNICEF Iran office!
Thanks Sincerely Hootan

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Beatrice
Soko
10.10.2020

Hi,
My name is Beatrice Soko from Zambia. I am writing on behalf of the Shepherd Centre Organization.
So here's my take
I don’t know why people make such a big deal out of so-called disabled people (physically challenged is the accepted phrase these days). The problem lies in how people think about disability. First, most of us think of disability rather narrowly, for instance, when someone is missing a limb, paralyzed and in a wheelchair, or blind. Basically, any condition that is obvious and limits people from doing things that so-called normal people can do.

Second, people tend to think of disability as dichotomous; meaning you have it or you don’t. But I see disability as lying along a continuum; it’s a matter of degree, not kind. Though we don’t think of it this way very often, it’s possible to be a little disabled, somewhat disabled, or severely disabled, depending on how much the physical challenge prevents disabled people from engaging in the laundry list of what we consider to be so-called normal activities, from talking, hearing, and seeing to walking, eating, and having sex.

The fact is we’re all disabled in one way or another. Let’s break down the word disabled. It means ‘not able.’ Well, gosh, I’m not able to do a lot of things. I’m not able to dunk a basketball. I’m not able to do open-heart surgery. I have a truly terrible singing voice. Does that make me disabled? Of course not, because I’m able to function perfectly well in most aspects of life.

Many people who are labeled as disabled can also lead predominantly normal lives. They work, marry, have children, play sports, the list goes on. Admittedly, there are some who have suffered egregious physical insults that truly incapacitate them, but even many of them are able to lead productive and fulfilling lives (e.g., Stephen Hawking).

And think about it. There are far more things that most disabled people can do than not do, making them pretty darned ordinary, in other words, just like the rest of us.

Why should what they are not able to do define how others view them, namely, as disabled, when, based on my experience with physically challenged people, they don’t define themselves that way? What they are not able to do shouldn’t determine how others look at them any more than my not being able to sing well should influence how people see me.

Realistically, it’s not surprising for people to develop certain perceptions about disabled people. We naturally make judgments based on information that is most readily available. And their disabilities are most obvious, whereas it isn’t always clear all of the abilities they possess, such as incisive thinking, a sense of humor¸ compassion. I’ve found that, once I spent time with physically challenged people, their disabilities faded into the background as who they were and what they were capable of, unbound from their disabilities, became more evident. Disabled people went from being disabled to being just people. We are all same with or without disabilities.