Introduction to Disabilities (Episode 2)

“People are disabled by society, not just by their bodies. These barriers can be overcome, if governments, nongovernmental organizations, professionals and people with disability and their families work together.” (World Health Organization, 2018)

In this episode of the DPSS Podcast, Sophie-Anne Scherrer, Occupational Therapist, and Dana Lawlor, Speech-Language Pathologist, talk about disabilities.

Did you know that December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities?  But what do we mean when we say disability?  And how can the environment around someone with a disability make it harder or easier for them to go through their day? This episode may help to give you some answers to these questions and maybe a different way of seeing disabilities.  


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