National Barrier Awareness Day
National Barrier Awareness Day is observed next on Sunday, May 7th, 2023 (99 days from today).
It is all about breaking down barriers on every National Barrier Awareness Day.
National Barriers Awareness Day, celebrated on May 7th every year is a special day where people are expected to break down all obstacles in their lives and remove any possible stigma the less fortunate from pursuing their education.
Why National Barrier Awareness Day?
National Barrier Awareness Day is a call to action for all, to remove all barriers in their lives and to remove everything that stands in the way of equality and justice for all regardless of their status mentally or physically impaired.
This day also provides an opportunity to support the academic pursuits of people with disabilities, thus encouraging everyone to be good advocates and advocates for people with disabilities in society. On this day, we must encourage the blind, the deaf, the dumb, and those who cannot walk that disability is not an inability.
Therefore, National Barriers Awareness Day offers a rare opportunity to break down barriers, walls and obstacles towards realizing the kind of world we want to have. National holidays also provide us with the challenge to establish ramps and bridges that will be the driving force for people with disabilities to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
For example, in the face of disagreements, challenges, and seemingly limiting situations, we should always put our hopes up and see the potential to develop better opportunities and fill gaps. The day allows us to remove restrictive policies that can prevent the less fortunate from reaching their full potential in learning. It challenges us to speak out against unacceptable human treatment for one reason or another.
As it stands, more than 30 million people across the United States live with various forms of disability. Furthermore, the chance of others developing one form of disability or another in their lifetime is up to 80%. So we all need to open our eyes to the fact that barriers still exist in our lives and some more than others.
History of National Barrier Awareness Day
As of 2021, approximately 61 million adults in the United States - about a quarter - live with a disability. This number is two out of five people over the age of 65, and the top two forms of functional disability are mobility and cognitive disabilities. In 1986, when 36 million Americans faced some form of disability and it was believed that 80% of Americans would face a disability in their lifetime, Congress passed Joint Resolution 544 to designate the 7th of May. 5 is National Barrier Awareness Day. This is done to raise awareness to remove the stereotypes and cultural attitudes that hold back people with disabilities. The resolution authorized and required the President to issue a proclamation within the day.
Accordingly, President Reagan signed the decision into law and issued Proclamation 5472. He said that many people with disabilities have to face with many difficulties including financial, cultural, and physical barriers because of a lack of understanding of their needs. We must get more aware of the barriers in order to prevent many fellow Americans from fully participating in the lives of our society and how much they could contribute if they were removed. "Reagan said that the achievements of people with disabilities should be recognized and that we should be "determined to take positive action towards those facing the challenge of physical disabilities." "All we can all achieve a lot if they can live to the best of their ability,” he said. Only for 1986, National Barriers Awareness Day has continued to be marked on that date ever since.
How to celebrate National Barrier Awareness Day
- Break down barriers in your life
One of the most important days to observe this wonderful day is to really break a limiting factor in your life. In doing so, you will meet the expectations of today, and thus be part of the positive change you are trying to achieve. Surely this will help you maintain a good day, especially since you will also inspire those around you to do the same and break down barriers in their lives.
- Post on social media
Another way to observe this great day is to post on social media using the #NationalBarrierAwarenessDay handler and make sure this happens on as many social media platforms as possible. Doing so will not only add more volume to the campaign, but will also ensure that it reaches a wide audience.
- Organize an advocacy group for people with disabilities
Another way to celebrate this monumental holiday is to organize with friends to advocate for the rights of the disabled and less fortunate in society.
- Organize a campaign
You can also plan to hold a campaign in honor of National Barrier Awareness Day. To do so, you can print a banner or flyer and brand your shirt to support the cause. The campaign can be a one person initiative or it can have your friends support you and what you are advocating for. The best places to visit with this peaceful protest include busy streets, markets, malls and schools among other densely populated areas.
ObservedNational Barrier Awareness Day has been observed annually on May 7th.
Friday, May 7th, 2021
Saturday, May 7th, 2022
Sunday, May 7th, 2023
Tuesday, May 7th, 2024
Wednesday, May 7th, 2025