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International Day of People with Disability


Image courtesy of VisAbility 2020

On 21 November 2020, our founder and current President, Joanne McCormick was a finalist in the VisAbility (Ltd) Awards personal achievement category and we couldn't be prouder.


Prior to her nomination, Jo wrote the following blog contribution in celebration of International Day of People with Disability.

 

If you’re reading this blog you are likely familiar with March. If you’re not familiar with March, I encourage you to spend the month embracing yellow and raising awareness around endometriosis! Why? March is endometriosis awareness month which is an important month in the calendar for all EndoWArriors around the world.


Another important date highlighted in my calendar is International Day of People with Disability, which takes place on the 3rd of December each year. To celebrate this day, I wanted to contribute the following sentiments to Endometriosis Western Australia’s blog.


I grew up with two siblings who live with a genetic degenerative eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa (RP). My older sister who lives with RP is one of my heroes. I proudly look up to her and admire all that she has achieved. She has raised two beautiful children, regularly volunteers, she’s a giver, a go-getter and is one of those people I can call any hour of the day or night and can count on to be there for me. My sister has the most incredible smile and laugh. There are times when I feel grumpy and know if my sister was in the same position, she’d be laughing out loud. I’m also incredibly proud of my older brother who lives with RP.


Additionally, one of my best friends is the mother of a beautiful child who lives with a visual impairment. I often think of what his days are like, navigating school and social activities amongst so many active young friends. I’m in awe of his achievements and proud of my friend who is such an amazing mother and advocate for her son. I also live with endometriosis and was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in my thirties. I would like people in a similar