International Day of Acceptance is an annual celebration on January 20th of each year. At times, it is important to accept certain things as such. It is true in the case of accepting the disability of the person.
There is nothing to feel different or awkward living with such a disability. Thus to recognize those people globally, International Day of Acceptance is created.
Annie Hopkins has created the symbol of International Symbol of Acceptance as a way to recognize social acceptance of disability.
It is a worldwide observance that is created to honor Annie Hopkins and her incredible work to make the disability as a socially acceptable thing.
History of International Day of Acceptance:
The International Day of Acceptance has been celebrated since the year 2010. It is a celebration Day that honors the late Annie Hopkins who was the founder of 3E Love.
She was also credited with the creation of the International Symbol of Acceptance.
The date is precisely chosen as it was on January 20th, 2009. Annie had passed away as a result of unexpected complications occurred during a simple medical procedure.
Annie founded 3E Love with an intention to make the world a better place to live in.
3E Love is a social entrepreneurial awareness experiment. It is created to educate people to embrace the diversity and thereby making them Love Life by seeing things beyond abilities.
The International Symbol of Acceptance shows a wheelchair in the shape of a heart. In memory of Annie, Stevie Hopkins and his family have created such a Day to pay tribute to his sister’s selfless efforts.
How to Celebrate International Day of Acceptance:
Encourage people around you to stay strong in making things happen beyond their abilities. Never indulge yourself in making those disabled people feel embraced.
You can spread the word by drawing the symbol on your hand or cheek or order for T-shirts from 3E Love’s official website.
You can even change your social media digital picture with the logo of the International Symbol of Acceptance for a day. Share your celebrations on social media using the hashtags.
Facts about our lovely Annie Hopkins:
- Had an unbreakable spirit: In high school, she won every talent show, even though the choir instructor told her that she probably wouldn’t make the cut.
- Fought for her rights: In college, she wanted to join a sorority, so she convinced the houses on campus to build ramps so she could participate during the rush week.
- Had a good sense of humor: She created humorous yet educational YouTube videos to show people how she faced her challenges.
- Created the wheelchair symbol: In college, Hopkins created the symbol for a dorm t-shirt not knowing the potential and meaning of her creation.
- Got a tattoo of the symbol: Hopkins tattooed the wheelchair symbol on her shoulder.