The General Assembly of the United Nations declared 3 December International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 1992 with the aim of promoting the rights and well-being of people with disabilities in all areas of society and development, as well as raising awareness about their situation in all aspects of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Camilo José Cela University, committed to inclusion, equality and the elimination of barriers, has wanted to raise awareness on this day, helping students, teachers and the entire University Community to learn more about the reality of people with disabilities with an Awareness Day on the morning of 3 December.
The Service of Attention to Diversity at UCJC and a group of students on the Higher Vocational Training Course on Teaching and Leisure Activities Instruction at the UCJC Centre for Professional Studies (CEP) helped over 150 students from the university and SEK Santa Isabel to learn more about disabled sports such as Boccia, Goalball and the wheelchair basketball.
An activity was also held for the students on the Expert University Course in Social and Job Skills Training and the Degree in Early Childhood Teaching.
These initiatives helped people with learning disabilities share their day-to-day experiences, their autonomy, the support they need, their university experience and the importance of family for their personal and professional development.
The day can be summed up with the words of Samuel, student on the Expert Course who said that ‘The best thing is to share that we are the same as everybody else. Like any other person who does not have a disability.’