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International Day of People With Disabilities

December 3 is International Day of People With Disabilities (IDPwP).

Established by the United Nations in 1996, IDPwP is a day dedicated to increasing public awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities and celebrating their achievements.

This year’s theme, “Not all disabilities are visible,” focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, and other conditions.

The HWCDSB recognizes that every person contributes in his/her own unique way to the fabric of our catholic community by sharing their God-given gifts.

On this day we ask ourselves:
• What can I do every day to make everyone feel more special and included?
• What can I do to help everyone participate?
• What can I do to empower others?

When we take the time to listen and learn from each other, we see the special talents in everyone around us.

We are able to create a school where everyone feels included and valued.

We have the ability to make our schools and classrooms a community that welcomes everyone.

A smile, a listening ear, and a thoughtful approach to others can brighten someone’s whole day.

Today, and every day, let us make a special effort to include everyone.


Father of all that is good and holy,
We ask that You bless us with Your infinite love and mercy.
Thank you for making each of us unique, created in Your holy image.
Thank you for all of the things we learn from each other, through our similarities and differences.
Allow us to see the special talents in everyone around us.
Guide our actions to create catholic communities open to the gifts of each individual.
Give us courage to support one another.
Give us an appreciation of the role we play in spreading your good news to all we meet.
We ask this through Christ our Lord,

International Day of People With Disabilities