I believe in you. I accept you. You have value and significance. Let us embrace one another and truly accept everything about each other. Furthermore, let us educate and empower everyone about those labeled disabled. Let us be able to look beyond (dis)abilities, appearances, and belief systems, as we take the first steps in positively changing perceptions in world.

Today we celebrate the International Day of Acceptance in honor of Annie Hopkins. Annie Hopkins was an advocate, entrepreneur, artist, and student, who demonstrated what is possible when you love life. In 2007, Annie and her brother Stevie, started a company to spread her message of acceptance. Annie created 3E Love using her “Wheelchair Heart” as a symbol to unify people of all abilities and ignite conversations that would help change attitudes for the better. Social acceptance is the key… not the pity and ignorance with which she grew up. Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life!

Unfortunately, on January 20th, 2009, Annie passed away from unexpected complications to a simple medical procedure. International Day of Acceptance began in the beginning of 2010, as Stevie moved forward with 3E Love and Annie’s message during the first year after Annie’s passing. He decreed that January 20th would not be a day that represents sadness and loss, but rather a day that represents Annie’s message of empowerment and loving life. He believed that if people all over the world would embrace their challenges and accept others no matter their ability, Annie’s message and lifestyle would be alive forever.

960 Grid System:
960 Grid System:

Spread the word and celebrate International Day of Acceptance.

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. You are a person who is empowered to make a difference in the world and will not be without a voice in society. You are not living disabled, you are living.

Tell the world that you are accepting of people with disabilities. As our parents, siblings, relatives, spouses, children, lovers, coworkers, teachers, personal assistants, friends, and anyone else – you also have a role in our culture and life. You can start change by demonstrating acceptance and showing the world that you embrace people of all abilities.

Start the conversation of acceptance today! Please visit the site for more information.

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