The Day of Acceptance is a day for the world to come together in a way that includes all people, especially those with disabilities. This holiday honors Annie Hopkins, an inspirational girl who never let anyone hold her back because of her disability. She founded 3E Love as a way to inform people about disabilities and try to bring the world together with love. The holiday is celebrated on the day of Annie's death in 2009.
Annie Hopkins faced (direct and indirect) discrimination throughout her life because she used a wheelchair. She dedicated her life to encouraging social acceptance of folks with disabilities by overcoming obstacles she was told she wouldn’t be able to fulfill. Leaving us with heavy hearts, Annie passed unexpectedly in 2009. Thus, in 2010, her friends and family began the International Day of Acceptance to honor Annie’s life and her vision for the world.
This holiday is not about pitying people with disabilities, it is about celebrating them as humans. “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; 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.” -3E Love
Share with others what this holiday is about. Unfortunately, there are plenty of marginalized groups in the world; and we need to embrace acceptance into many other aspects of our lives. But on January 20th, we’ll spend the day recognizing privileges of able-bodied people and how those have made life harder for folks with disabilities. By recognizing the challenges they face, you may become more empathetic. Therefore, understanding why this day exists - to bring attention to the successes disabled people bring to this world!
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