Today is Zero Discrimination Day. A day dedicated to ensuring and promoting equality for ALL people. Today also marks the first day of March. A month dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating people of all abilities. This month is a really big deal!! Not just to me, but to millions of people who are fighting for equality, acceptance, and inclusion for ALL people, especially those with disabilities. Every March, since 7th grade, I've pledged to play a central role in advancing the Disability Rights Movement in some way, shape, or form. In the past, this has included fundraising, attending and hosting events, campaigning, plunging into freezing water, and some other fun activities. This March is even more special and important to me because I'm currently interning with Special Olympics International!! Special Olympics International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities through sport, leadership, friendship, health & wellbeing, and so much more. Throughout my internship, I've witnessed the amazing amount of love, support, passion, inclusivity, empathy, and drive that is at the heart of this organization and this Movement. It's absolutely amazing! And it's absolutely needed. There is still soooo much change that needs to be made and it all starts with you and me. Let's say yes to inclusion, compassion, empathy, and respect, and be that change!
-Monday, March 1st: Zero Discrimination Day
-Wednesday, March 3rd: Spread the Word Inclusion (this years theme: Connection)
-Sunday, March 21st: World Down syndrome Day
-Thursday, March 25th: Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day
-Friday, March 26th: Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness
-Saturday, March 27th: Special Olympics IN Polar Plunge