Happy New Year!

Hello. It has been about a week since I last posted a blog, and I decided to start the new year with one which was posted on the International Day of persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2018, on why employers should employ people with disabilities.

So, I’m beginning the year here with a mataphorical bang!

Let’s hope we even see people with acquired cognitive disabilities due to dementia being employed not just to do things like host customers into a supermarket, but in the projects and initiatives that actually impact them…

My hypothesis is that, until society does this, the stigma, discrimination and continuing breaches of our most basic rights will continue, and it is probably one of the major reasons stigma and discrimination, as well as isolation and loneliness are still being experienced by most people with dementia.

The video and text below was posted by the International Labour Organization.

Marlee Matlin, ILO advocate for better inclusion of persons with disabilities

“The inclusion of workers with disabilities across all industries and at all levels of a company is not only a matter of human rights but also a matter of business success,” says award-winning actress, Marlee Matlin, who’s part of the ILO’s work on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the world of work.

7 thoughts on “Happy New Year!

  1. I am all for those with disabilities working, however it would not be for everyone. I feel liberated, being pensioned off at 60 with dementia, so I can concentrate on a quality life campaigning and making memories. It depends on level of income, I know that I am relatively lucky having state benefits and private pensions to fall back on.

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    • It’s great to read you feel liberated being pensioned off, thanks for sharing a positive response to dementia. I too feel liberated because of dementia, perhaps for very different reasons. The point I was trying to make in the blog, was more about if we ensured and enabled those with dementia who wanted to continue working would possibly reduce the stigma and discrimination so often still experienced.

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