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The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)
takes place annually on 03 December.
The day was created by the UN in 1992; with the aims to promote the rights & well-being of disabled people across society & raise awareness of disability in every aspect of political, social, economic & cultural life.
To mark & celebrate this day our simple aim is to engage the nation with one, effortless, single act of united solidarity - to buy and wear a pair of our purple socks.
By doing this, you will help raise positive awareness of disability inclusion; whilst also helping to create a new Parallel Fund to provide grants to kick-start disability owned businesses & help disabled entrepreneurs.
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE MONEY?
50% of profits will be used to create a new fund, which will be used to support & provide grant funding to disability-owned start-up businesses & entrepreneurs.
Hatch Enterprise, the UK's leading community enterprise programme will provide the framework, governance & expertise to support budding disabled entrepreneurs. The other 50% will be re-invested into growing Purple Sock Day & other Parallel social enterprise projects.
Shani Dhanda is an award-winning disability specialist and entrepreneur, listed as one of the UK's most influential disabled people. She is the founder of The Diversability Card, the UK’s first official discount card for disabled people. Shani also founded the Asian Disability Network and the Asian Woman Festival.
Josh Wintersgill is a multi-talented and highly successful young British entrepreneur, aspiring Paralympian and founder of Able Move. His company produces a range of daily disability living aids, including the well known easyTravelseat, an innovative transfer sling designed specifically for wheelchair users to help with transferring in and out of a wheelchair, particularly when flying by air.
A message from Josh
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With heartfelt thanks to the following organisations and their staff for wearing our purple socks to celebrate IDPD and caring enough to create opportunity for disabled-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.
If you would like to find out more and join these trailblazing inclusive organisations to help us create meaningful social impact for this year’s IDPD: please get in touch with us HERE