Saturday, December 3rd will be thes 20th International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This international day of observance promotes recognition of the rights, inherent dignity, and inclusion of people with disability. It gives us an opportunity to join with people around the world to renew our shared commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities realize human and civil rights. It reminds us that there remains work to be done here and abroad.
The United States has been a leader in ending discrimination and exclusion of people with disabilities and our strong body of civil rights laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) have been models for laws in other countries, evidenced in DREDF’s Directory of National Disability Non-Discrimination Laws.
How can this be relevant to studying piano? It is actually quite simple: not everyone who studies piano will be the winner of the Van Clyburn Competition. Not everyone can be the best. But everyone, regardless of abilities or disabilities, can do one’s best.