Monday, January 20, 2014

Today is the International Day of Acceptance

For most of us, getting up, getting around and getting about our daily activities is not really a big deal. Oh, especially as we get older, we may have more aches and pains as we go through our day, but we are still able to do the things we need to do without a lot of thought or genuine effort. We are able to stand up for the things we need and are able to be accepted as people who have much to offer.

This is not the case for everyone. Some people have physical challenges which leave them where getting up, getting around and getting about their daily activities is a big deal. They may find it very difficult to be able to do the things they need to do and standing up for the things they need and being accepted as people who have something to offer is not something they are able to do without a lot of effort.

Today is the International Day of Acceptance; "Acceptance is created from an Empowered movement which Educates others to Embrace diversity and Love Life by seeing beyond abilities.  Friends, tell the world you embrace who you are; a person with social rights, who has an opinion, who has interests, who has goals and who loves life. You are a person who is empowered to make a difference in the world and not be without a voice in society. You are not living disabled, you are living."

The 3E Love began with a symbol which stands for; "3E Love's registered trademark, the 'International Symbol of Acceptance' also known as the 'wheelchair-heart logo,' is the drive behind much of the company's goals and products. It is a symbol of society accepting people with disabilities as equals and a symbol that people with disabilities accept their challenges and even embrace them. By replacing the wheel with a heart, the stigma of the wheelchair is also removed, and it can be a symbol for people with any disability or impairment. It represents the person, not society's perception of him or her.

The symbol is an attitude and a lifestyle. It's accepting one's abilities and rallying around that diversity and turning it into strength. It's loving and living life to the fullest no matter who you are and what you look like, no matter what you can or cannot do.

It's a positive alternative to the traditional 'handicapped symbol', where the focus is person's differences and a wheelchair. Only a small portion of people utilizing services associated with the symbol use wheelchairs. People with such an array of conditions as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, paralysis, down syndrome, autism, visual impairments, hearing impairments,  Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and even natural age-related impairments should not all be grouped by such a stigmatizing symbol. The traditional symbol screams 'Beware. Someone different parks here.' or 'Pity them and give them charity.'"

Today is a day - although all days should be days to remember the 3E Love; Empower, Educate, Embrace & Love Life! Take time today to talk with your grandchildren, family and friends and encourage them to Accept all others and be part of the 3E Love movement! You will find more about 3E Love at this link.

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