People with disabilities constitute the world’s biggest minority. However, this social group is not homogenous. For instance, research shows that people with intellectual disabilities are much more disproportionately discriminated against and marginalized in comparison to people with other types of impairments. Simultaneously, a strong social stigma is attached to people with intellectual disabilities which renders them socially and culturally ‘invaluable’.
Magdalena Kolczyńska, a lawyer, philosopher and Fellow of 2020 Humanity in Action Warsaw Fellowship/Academy of Human Rights has a long record of doing – as an ally – disability rights work. She has cooperated with the Association for Persons with Disabilities (SPES) and she worked with the leading Polish legal firm on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – which Poland ratified in 2012. Informed by her interest and expertise in disability issues she decided to use her Action Project to foreground perspectives and know-how of people with intellectual disabilities. Her idea is to co-create with them a magazine, which will cover topics that they find interesting and important to be shared with the wider world. Magdalena is in the process of looking for funding for this innovative project.
Graphics source: https://www.un.org/en/desa/disability-statistics