An exhibition on equal opportunities was opened at the József Attila Study and Information Center of the University of Szeged. The exhibition is based on a publication entitled "The History of 25 Talented People", which presents people with disabilities from the fields of art, sport, science and public life who have created real value and serve as an example for others.
Many magazines are published year after year, presenting successful people in the world of business. However, publications rarely reveal the life of those talented people who live their lives with disabilities.
Though their creative work is not visible to a significant part of the society, still there are many talented people and their impact is lasting. They create real value in several fields such as arts, sports, science or business. It is important for their results to be visible as widely as possible so that people learn about their lives and challenges.
The "25 talented peoples’ history" brochure was created in the context of a major collaboration, several months of work and sponsorship. The special interview presents 25 talented people with disabilities, telling an exemplary story, destiny, trial and success for others. The contributor and creators of the publication have expanded the contents of the volume into an enormous display at the Attila József Attila Research and Information Center at the University of Szeged, and were revealed on the 25th of April 2019 to show the creativity, endurance and willpower of the main characters.
The selection of the display place of these huge brochures is a valuable message itself. As the József Attila Study and Information Center at the University of Szeged is one of the most accessible centers of value-creating work that integrates disabled talents and also provides them with space for research and creation.
Dr. Judit Fendler, Chancellor of the University of Szeged, said at the opening: ‘Disability should not be treated as a disadvantage, we should pay special attention to our disabled companions. In order to be successful despite someone's disadvantage, he needs an environment where he is valued, supported and, above all, given the opportunity to do whatever he is capable of. At the University of Szeged we are striving to provide our students and employees with all the opportunities and conditions to achieve success similar to those presented by the exhibition in their profession and study: whether it is a accessible building, the creation of disabled parking lots, the accessibility of our information systems and the appropriate way of informing the sight and hearing impaired university citizens.’
‘In addition to our economic success, we have been paying attention to the talents around us and the social processes outside our company for over 25 years. This publication is another milestone to draw attention to the real existing talents. The people presented in this display tell us about willpower and exemplary behaviour that can serve as an example for everyone. They did not give up in the most difficult life situations, they have drawn strength from their disadvantages, and they created outstanding values’ said Antal Szabó, Managing Director of Poli-Farbe Kft., who supported the publication and the creation of the exhibition.
‘As a responsible media company, we have a key role to play in shaping the social perspective, and we have a strong influence on our customers’ worldview. We not only influence what they see in the world, but also what they think is important in it. Our goal is to create value, and to draw attention to the importance of social responsibility or to celebrate talent. We consider it important that the talent of people with disabilities is also visible. Many of us have worked hard to pay tribute to this talent in Hungary’ said Zsuzsanna Óhidi, Managing Director of Marquard Media Hungary Kft.
Erzsébet Földesi, the advocate of the national and international disability movement, emphasized that this publication plays an important role in the acceptance of disabled people. Through the introduction of 25 active people, society recognizes that in an inclusive environment, people with disabilities can become successful in their own area by focusing on their abilities and strengths. Providing opportunities that are accessible to everyone will break down the stigmas and the values of people with disabilities, which were considered to be regrettable, will be highlighted.
The majority of the pictures displayed were made by Péter Láng, a former student of the University of Szeged, who has been a photographer.
The talented people included in the publication were also present at the opening of the exhibition. The József Attila Study and Information Center will host an exhibition on irregular equality before May 3, 2019.
Photos: Péter Láng