International Day of Persons with Disabilities falls on the 3rd of December each year, with the aim of promoting empowerment, and helping to create real opportunities for people with disabilities. This enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities. Empowerment involves investing in people – in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities.
Catholic Care’s philosophy focuses on these principles. That’s why we build privacy, dignity and choice into our services, as well as control, responsible risk-taking and the preservation of individual rights.
People with learning disabilities want a real say in where they live, what they do and who looks after them. We promote personal development through the learning of new skills and the achievement of positive outcomes, and we focus on creating social, leisure, employment and education opportunities. We believe people who have a learning disability should have the same rights and choices as the rest of society, so that they, too, can achieve self-fulfilment.