UNIVERSAL DAY for people with disabilities with Dimitri Antoniou

I have no legs,
But I still have feelings,
I cannot see,
But I think all the time
Although I’m deaf,
I still want to communicate,
Why do people see me as useless, thoughtless, talkless,
When I am as capable as any,
For thoughts about our world.
—Coralie Severs, 14, United Kingdom

This poem speaks for millions of children and adults,
living everywhere in the world, who have disabilities.
Many face discrimination every day. Their abilities are
overlooked and their capacities underestimated. They
don’t get the education and health care they need, and
they are excluded from activities in their community.
But children and adults with disabilities have the same
rights as everyone else.