(White Cane Day X See The Person Not The Disability)


People with disabilities have the same human rights as every individual in the world. However, there are many cases of discrimination against persons with disabilities in several sectors. This condition reflects that people with disabilities are often underestimated, so that their rights are often neglected.

In commemoration of White Cane Day and Disability Awareness Day, we held WCDXSPOT (White Cane Day X See The Person Not The Disability). The purpose of this webinar is to get to know people with disabilities and how to help them and increase public awareness of the rights of people with disabilities. Hopefully, we can create an environment that is friendly to the rights of people with disabilities.

WCDXSPOT is a webinar held via Zoom organized by SCORP CIMSA USU targeting USU’s medical students and public. It was held on Saturday, October 31, 2020. It brought up human rights equality, which was delivered with a talk show and workshop. On this occasion, we invite people with visual impairments from Pertuni (Persatuan Tunanetra Indonesia), namely Dra. Jenni Heyani, Head of the Pertuni Education Division and Rusman Dian Saputra, Pertuni Supervisory Board. Also, a deaf friend, Elisabeth from Kepemudaan dan Bisindo Gerkatin (Gerakan untuk Kesejahteraan Tunarungu Indonesia), as speakers. An Indonesian Sign Language Interpreter also facilitated this webinar.  

The event was started with a talk show from Pertuni about the rights of the blind, how to help the blind in the community, and the impact of COVID-19 on blind people, followed by a workshop on how blind people use their devices to communicate. Even with visual limitations, the blind can use devices in public with the help of applications that convert text into sound. Lastly, it was continued with a question and answer session between the participants and Pertuni.

After that, it was continued with a talk show with Gerkatin about the differences between deaf and deaf friends, deaf culture, the rights of deaf friends, how to help deaf friends in the community, and the impact of COVID-19 on deaf friends. Then proceed with the workshop BISINDO (Indonesian Sign Language), where participants learn how to communicate with deaf friends using sign language. In the workshop, the participants were taught A-Z sign language, health protocols using sign language, and sign language World White Cane Day and Disability Awareness Day. After that, there's a sign language quiz; the participants were very enthusiastic and could understand the sign language.

Even though it was conducted online, the webinar participants were still enthusiastic about this webinar. We hope that with this event, the community can create an environment that is friendly to people with disabilities' rights. We are very open to suggestions and criticism regarding this event.

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