In Belize, citizens participate in week long activities to celebrate Disability Week December 1- 7. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated Dec 3. On December 4, The Inspiration Center, where Beverly Hoffman, SCN works as a Physical Therapist, had their annual calendar launch. Each year 12 children with diverse abilities are invited to color a picture for the calendar; their biography, the picture they drew, and their photo are then highlighted. The launch provides an opportunity to recognize our children with special needs in a unique way- by receiving public recognition by Ms. Kim Simplis Barrow, Chairperson of the Board of Directors for The Inspiration Center, and the wife of the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow.
Dignitaries, friends, family members, board members, stakeholders and staff attend the launch to celebrate the artistic gifts of the children with diverse abilities who are featured on the calendar. Purchasing of the calendars and yearly agendas are a source of fundraising for the organization.