Every Day is an Opportunity to Raise Disability Awareness

Every Day is an Opportunity to Raise Disability Awareness

By Trisha Oksner

While December 3 is officially calendared by the United Nations as International Day of Persons with Disabilities – among a variety of other dates dedicated to campaigns to raise public awareness and support of the special needs community – every day brings a variety of opportunities to heighten disability awareness and to make a difference to someone in your community.

Each of these occasions shares one of the core missions of Easterseals Southern California: To promote awareness of disability issues; ensure equality for people with special needs; and to promote inclusiveness and diversity.

ESSC works tirelessly every single day of the year to celebrate the triumphs – and to aid in the challenges – faced by people with disabilities and their families and friends. We make profound and positive differences in people’s lives, helping them address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities.

In 2018, ESSC launched a provocative, new Change the Way You See Disability PSA campaign promoting inclusion and introducing some of the people we provide with support services – like Lora, Mauricio, Gerardo, Valeria, Jayden and Maureen, living and loving life in communities across Southern California – which is now being adopted by Easterseals agencies across the country!

You can join us in changing the way the world defines and views disabilities by celebrating, getting involved, organizing and taking action!

More specifically, you can:

In the true spirit of the holidays, let’s take on disability, together.

About the Author:

Trisha Oksner is a communications professional, writer and educator who graduated with an English degree from Cal Poly, a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast. After a brief stint working in internal communications for a technology firm in Silicon Valley, she returned to the Central Coast where she worked as a journalist for the San Luis Obispo Tribune newspaper and volunteered as a facilitator with the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center. Trisha is currently a literacy support tutor in the local school district and a freelance writer.

One Comment

  1. Tom Graham January 10, 2019 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Awareness is very important. Thank you for the great read.

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