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Let's celebrate: It's International Day of Disabled Persons

It’s the International Day of Disabled Persons

Today, join us and celebrate International Day of Disabled Persons - established by the United Nations in 1992 and celebrated every year ever since.

This year’s theme is “the future is accessible”, urging people to look towards a future where the barriers which stand in people’s way no longer exist. At MDX we value diversity and champion accessibility across our staff and student communities, and we are committed to working together to ensure equality for all.

Proving that anything is possible, even against the greatest odds, we’re sharing Made In Middlesex hero, Fil Kamps’ story.

BSc Sport & Exercise Science (2016) graduate Fil Kamps is an elite deaf football player who has competed in a World Cup, the Deaflympics and four Champions League campaigns.

Alongside football, he works as a motivational speaker and loves inspiring young people with his tales of success. Find out more

About Today:

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is aimed at raising awareness of disability issues and mobilizing support for the well-being, rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. It also draws attention to the importance of integrating persons with disabilities in every aspect of social, economic, political and cultural life.

The term “disability” refers to the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, sensory, emotional, mental, cognitive, developmental, or some combination of these. It is a complex phenomenon that has a significant impact on a person's life. People with disabilities are sometimes called the world's largest minority. 80% of them live in developing countries and are often unable to participate fully in societal life.

Read more about the IDPWD organisation, their mission and work here.

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