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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2023: Breaking Awkward Silence


International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2023

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which will be celebrated on December 3, we want to reflect on the awkward silence that crops up in unexpected situations, both in the workplace and in everyday life, and which is painful due to its ability to hurt and discriminate.

Our goal is to put an end to this awkward silence and give a voice to the millions of people with disabilities who live in Spain. Despite progress towards the full inclusion of people with disabilities, we still perceive a clear under-representation in various spheres of public life, including institutions and workplaces.

In a lift, in a meeting, in a shop, on public transport… everyone has experienced an awkward situation at least once in their life that results in a thunderous silence that they don’t know how to handle. People with disabilities experience many of these types of situations.

On December 3, 2023, we commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

In 1982, Spain approved the Social Integration of the Handicapped Law (LISMI in Spanish) with the purpose of guaranteeing a right that was not being respected: access to the labour market on equal terms. 

In 1992, the United Nations established December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities to promote the rights and wellbeing of people with disabilities. 

In 2014, through the General Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (LGD in Spanish), various regulations were unified to bring the law in line with the progress that had been made, identifying areas in which there was still work to be done.

Over the years, the situation of people with disabilities has improved significantly, but there is still a long way to go. Therefore, we wish to take advantage of this opportunity to make all of society reflect.

Companies that support diversity and inclusion on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Examples of awkward silence on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Inés, a recent graduate with a disability on her first day of work

An educated young woman with a disability on her first day of work. Her team was expecting a very prepared woman, but they did not take into account her cerebral palsy. Inés Rodríguez, a speech therapist and expert in brain damage, has received guidance from the Adecco Foundation from the time of her training process to her inclusion in the workforce. 

In this video she is acting in a fictitious situation, but make no mistake that it is based on real events. 

If you want to get to know Inés better, visit our blog.

Inés muy sonriente en su primer día de trabajo
Aitor en su puesto de trabajo

Aitor, a great professional with a disability in the face of an emergency in the office

Aitor is a hearing-impaired professional. What happens when the fire alarm goes off? Aitor Angulo is an aerospace engineer. He has received guidance from the Adecco Foundation, from the time of his training process to his inclusion in the workforce. 

His video is a piece of fiction that reflects the isolation that people with disabilities sometimes experience in the workplace. Fortunately, there are always people with empathy.

To learn more about Aitor’s career, visit our blog.

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