#PurpleLightUp – a global movement for change
#PurpleLightUp’ is a global movement designed to draw attention to the economic empowerment of disabled people. Across business and government alike, it has become synonymous with International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) held annually on 3rd December. First launched by the United Nations in 1992, it’s now a globally recognized date. For one day only the world is lighting up purple to celebrate and empower disabled people.
Why it matters
Over 1 billion people worldwide have some form of disability, that’s 1 in 7. It can affect any of us at any time in our lives. In a growing global movement, over 160 countries have signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But there’s still more to be done. True inclusion comes from a world that accepts all human difference, where people demand their voices to be heard. #PurpleLightUp powered by PurpleSpace, rallies awareness in this global call to action.
It is often said that human perception of time varies according to circumstances. It is certainly the case for me with Dyslexia and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as it only seems like the blink of an eye since 2018 when we were working to make our website purple for International Day of Persons with Disabilities as part of the #PurpleLightUp campaign.
To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, three of my colleagues are taking the time to tell their stories and share their experiences about what it is like to live and work with impairment. I am so grateful to them and I hope that reading them will inspire and encourage more of you to engage.
Atos signed the Valuable 500 campaign signaling its commitment to driving inclusion and accessibility from the board level through the global organization.