International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020
Worrying trends of increased exclusion and inequality
Ensuring the full and equal exercise of all human rights and fundamental freedoms must be safeguarded in various policies and practices. Nevertheless, many social barriers (especially in the present pandemic) limit the full, effective and equal participation of people with different backgrounds, life experiences and access needs, including people with disabilities.
No one left behind
This year’s theme of International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 World” focuses on raising awareness of barriers in society & empowerment of persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.
Together for Inclusion
At the Eötvös Loránd University Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Needs Education, we all work step-by-step to contribute to the development of a more inclusive society. Our common goal is to educate well-prepared professionals who are open to the diversity of human existence and who have gained profound and evidence-based knowledge that can contribute to the creation of a society in which no one is excluded from society because of their disability or any other characteristic. The “Nothing about us without us” principle and empowerment of people with disabilities are of paramount importance to our faculty community. In our education, research, public scientific life, and practice, we work in synergy with various individuals with various owned lived experiences and access needs and stakeholders. This year, the pandemic and related social challenges have highlighted even more strongly the fragility of social inclusion, and the severe dangers of social exclusion. At all times, but now especially, our faculty and university community are even more cohesive and support each other in building a more inclusive and sustainable society.