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    Wednesday, February 20, 2019-6:30:51A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

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Jan. 20 is International Day of Acceptance

(Press Release) — No matter how much we try to bring awareness to the community about individuals with disabilities, there are still people out there who are either ignorant or insensitive to the needs of group of people.

Annie Hopkins had spinal muscular atrophy experienced discrimination both directly and indirectly.  These encounters did not stop her.  She passed away on January 20, 2009 and her friends and families honored her work by turning her anniversary into a global day of empowerment and education. Annie Hopkins designed a Wheelchair Heart Symbol represented:  a person with disability who doesn’t not accept anything less than equality

The International Day of Acceptance is a day to tell the world to accept and embrace their challenges and support others no matter their abilities.   It is also a consummation of a lifetime of Annie’s energies, ideas and passion.  It is a social acceptance of individuals with disabilities in the community.

As we bring awareness to the community especially on the island of Tinian, we hope to see changes in the home, workplace and the community.  In hopes of changing the minds of the people, the Voices of the CNMI Tinian Chapter and Team Koka will be celebrating Day of Acceptance on January 25, 2019 for children under 21.  A fun-filled afternoon with activities and games.  On January 26, 2019, “Dine for Disabilities” at Pop’z Restaurant from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Dinner will include door prizes and silent auction.

We hope that individuals with disabilities will speak up when they feel they are violated or discriminated.   There are agencies in the CNMI who are advocates of individuals with disabilities.