International Day of Acceptance - January 20th

Posted by Stevie Hopkins on January 08, 2013

To achieve social acceptance of disability. 
To honor the late Annie Hopkins, founder of 3E Love and creator of the International Symbol of Acceptance.

3E Love is a social entrepreneurial awareness experiment. 
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What is acceptance?  
Acceptance is an Empowered movement that Educates others to Embrace diversity and Love life by seeing beyond abilities.  

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

To our supporters, join us in telling 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. And you can have an impact on the future if you demonstrate your acceptance to others.

Let's join together to:
Embrace diversity. Educate your community. Empower each other. Love life.

Start the conversation of acceptance TODAY!

Help promote January 20th: 

When a person asks about the symbol, "What's that mean?" Well now it's your turn to tell them your story!

And maybe next time they will look at the traditional symbol a little differently.


January 22, 2013

was watching 20/20 special on saturday, It was all about special people. one segment was about Progeria, and another was about a couple getting married— one able-bodied the other a wheelchair user. anyway they were showing them taking dancing lessons and in the background was a person WEARING one of your 3eLove shirts. I Was so excited that i emailed 20/20 to tell them about it and the movement. andf all i got back was a form letter telling me how they do not take unsolicited ideas for stories…. POO-POO on them!!

Susanne Campbell
January 21, 2013

Thinking Annie today. She was an amazing person who I was privledged to know. RIP Annie and may your message live on!
Mrs. Campbell

Dana R. Raucci
January 21, 2013

As a wheelchair repair technician I understand the importance of this movement first hand. Working on a daily basis, along with fellow techs, we have a front seat view of the disabled community.

January 21, 2013

Acceptance of Individuals who are disAbled, and just outsiders that go into a community who are clearly vulnerable (Pheobe Prince from South Hadley to name one person), are so often the targets of exclusion and outright attacks of their lives and safety.

I have learned, and experienced a great level of this, and watched prior to the death of Pheobe Prince, and after, how a community shows its true colors when an outsider attempts to be intergrated in that community, if they be a stranger with/without a disAbility. I experienced emotional attacks and attempts of intimidation and exclusion from members of at least three communitiues which clearly indicated a deeply rooted cultural ignorance.

Education and Acceptance are so important but changing a culture of hate and discrimination is so wearing on the mind and soul. I think of a wonderful Access Advocate from Eastern Massachusetts when I see and hear about the hatred one goes through sometimes, in educating our society.

I commend this web site and see it as a beacon of promise that your message can be heard, and will make a difference for some Individuals who are disAbled. God Bless, Scott Ricker

January 20, 2013

For my daughter Erin, my two fingered wonder. For our friend Kenny, who was in our lives a very short time, who died of AIDS-related lymphoma. For all three of my children who do not discriminate and will gladly defend the underdogs. For my friends and their families who face the struggles and triumphs, and love unconditionally. I proudly wear my heart on my sleeve.

Cynthia Rubino
January 20, 2013

In honor of my son Howard who has changed our lives for the better.

Annie Garner-Jones
January 20, 2013

I have already changed my profile pic on facebook because i too want to be accepted while being born with Cerebral Palsy!!!

Linda Bakel
January 19, 2013

Wish I had heard about this sooner. Is this a yearly thing?

Hannah Newton
January 10, 2013

Already had it on my calendar but am just now changing my pics. Gonna place an order soon too.

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