DECEMBER 3, 2023
ALBANY, NY: On December 3, 2023, the Mental Health Empowerment Project, Inc. joyfully joins the global community in commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). This significant occasion – established by the United Nations (UN) – serves as a powerful reminder of our shared commitment to uphold the inherent dignity and human rights of every individual, regardless of ability.
EMBRACING DIVERSITY, ENSURING EQUALITY.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a day dedicated to recognizing the unique contributions and challenges faced by persons with disabilities. It underscores the need for a world that not only accepts but celebrates diversity, ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities to participate fully in all aspects of society.
As an organization dedicated to mental health empowerment, MHEP stands firmly in championing the rights of individuals with disabilities. Every person, irrespective of their abilities, possesses inherent dignity and fundamental human rights that must be safeguarded and celebrated.
ADVANCING INCLUSION AND BREAKING BARRIERS.
The ongoing global pandemic has magnified existing inequalities, making it more crucial than ever to build a world that is inclusive, accessible and sustainable for all.
Persons with disabilities have shown incredible resilience, creativity and strength in navigating these challenging times. However, persistent barriers – including discrimination, limited access to education and employment and societal misconceptions – continue to impede our full participation in society. It is our collective responsibility to dismantle these barriers and create a world where every individual can thrive.
BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S COMMITMENT TO DISABILITY RIGHTS.
MHEP commends the efforts of the Biden administration in prioritizing disability justice both nationally and internationally. Through initiatives such as the Disability Inclusion Strategy, the Administration has demonstrated a commitment to embedding disability inclusion across all sectors of society. These actions contribute to fostering an environment where individuals with disabilities can live with dignity and pursue their aspirations.
A CALL TO UNITY AND ACTION.
On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us reaffirm our commitment to building a more inclusive, accessible and compassionate world. It is a day to celebrate the achievements, resilience and diverse talents of persons with disabilities while acknowledging the work that remains to ensure our full and equal participation in all aspects of life.
As advocates for mental health empowerment, we recognize the interconnectedness of mental health and disability rights. Let us work collaboratively to break down stigma, promote understanding and create a society where mental health and disability are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
The Mental Health Empowerment Project, Inc. extends gratitude to the United Nations, governments, organizations and individuals worldwide who tirelessly work toward creating a world where the inherent dignity and human rights of every individual are cherished and protected.
Additionally, MHEP strongly urges the United States government to take a decisive step toward fostering global inclusivity by ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This international treaty – adopted by the United National General Assembly in 2006 – sets forth a comprehensive framework for safeguarding the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities. The CRPD is a vital instrument that promotes the principles of equality, non-discrimination and full societal participation for persons with disabilities. By joining the international community in ratifying the CRPD, the United States demonstrates its commitment to upholding the inherent rights of all individuals, fostering a more inclusive society and contributing to the global movement towards universal human rights. It is an opportunity for the U.S. to align itself with the global consensus and play a leading role in advancing disability rights on the world stage. The Mental Health Empowerment Project, Inc. calls on policymakers to prioritize the ratification of the CRPD, signaling a commitment to creating a world where every person – regardless of ability – is afforded the respect, dignity and rights they rightfully deserve.