CAFE celebrates International Day of Disabled People 2015
Today (3 December) is International Day of Disabled People 2015 and this year’s theme focuses on access and empowerment.
Since 1992, International Day of Disabled People has been observed across the world to promote inclusion and raise wider awareness around disability.
Disabled people are the largest minority group in any population, and it is vital that they have the opportunity to take their rightful place within society.
There is over one billion disabled people living today, and without proper access it can sometimes be impossible for disabled people to work, socialise and take part in events such as attending live football matches.
One of CAFE’s core beliefs is Nihil de nobis, sine nobis, which translates into ‘Nothing about us without us’. The empowerment of disabled people through the unique power of football is one of our key aims, and we are committed to supporting the creation of user-led pan-disability fans groups across Europe.
These disabled fans groups empower their members to influence decisions taken at their own clubs and stadiums. We are also supporting the creation of national disabled fans groups across Europe, which can have greater influence and represent disabled fans across their countries.
To mark International Day of Disabled People 2015, we are delighted to announce that a new national disabled supporters group has been created in Poland. You can find out more about this here.
We also work tirelessly to promote the benefits of an accessible and inclusive environment, particularly within football, and share examples of good practice across Europe. Access for All – the UEFA and CAFE Good Practice Guide to Creating an Accessible Stadium and Matchday Experience – is the leading document in its field and available to download in 14 languages here.
CAFE would be delighted to hear about how you are celebrating International Day of Disabled People 2015, and are happy to share your stories with our network. Email us at email@example.com or tweet @cafefootball and use the hashtag #totalaccess.