Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011
Sixty-two countries celebrated World MS Day yesterday. More than 10,000 individuals worldwide signed the World MS Day 2011 Campaign for Access to Appropriate Work online petition to ask worldwide leaders to unite with employers and others and remove the barriers preventing people with chronic fluctuating diseases like MS from accessing appropriate work.
Work is a fundamental aspect of our lives. It provides not only a salary, but a sense of self worth, an opportunity to lead an independent life and to be a fully integrated member of society.
Millions of people around the world do not have access to appropriate work. People with disabilities and/or chronic diseases are often marginalised by society and their rights to access work are not recognized by employers or safeguarded by law in their country.
In December 2006 the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly. It recognised the rights of disabled people including the right to work on an “equal basis with others”, providing a platform to change the lives of millions of disabled people, and their families for the better.