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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Yesterday, December 3, was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The celebration of this event began in 1992, with the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3.  The resolution was created with the intent to “create a society for all by the year 2010.” Unfortunately, as of 2023, this goal has not yet been achieved.

However, despite the fact that an equal society by 2010 was not realized, the resolution’s other aim of “the continued improvement of the situation of persons with disabilities and the equalization of opportunities for them” is still going strong.

In 2020, the UN held a virtual meeting to discuss the year’s theme of “building back better,” or making the world more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-Covid-19. Whatcom county, too, has several organizations dedicated to assisting people with disabilities, including but not limited to the ARC of Whatcom County, the Center for Independence, and the Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center.

The fight to make our society more accessible to all those living it has been littered with victories and setbacks, but hopefully the International Day of Persons with Disabilities will do its part in making the world kinder and more hospitable.

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Jones Walther
Jones Walther, Editor in Chief
Jones Walther is one of the founders of Bellingham High School's student run newspaper, the Bayhawk Bearer. She and Skyla Otto began planning for the paper in 2021 during their Sophomore year, and when it took off in their Junior year, both of them took up the mantle of Co-Editor in Chief. Jones is an avid cat lover and hopes to pet many cats before she reaches old age.