January 20th is the International Day of Acceptance. International Day of Acceptance is a day where people celebrate differences, focusing on people with disabilities. People have parties on January 20th and generally spread the word on this day that people who have disabilities are living not living disabled.
Stevie Hopkins, the man behind this organization, made January 20th the International Day of Acceptance because it was the day his sister, Annie passed away due to medical complications.Instead of marking that day as a day to grieve over his sister’s passing, Stevie made it a day to celebrate differences and to encourage people with all abilities to live a vibrant life. Stevie has Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 and knows how to encourage other people with disabilities to live life to the fullest.
To quote 3E Love: “Friends, tell the world you embrace who you are; a person with social rights, who has an opinion, who has interests, who has goals and who loves life; a person who is empowered to make a difference in the world and not be without a voice in society. You are not living disabled, you are living.”