International Day of Persons with Disabilities
“Inclusion is for everyBODY.”
Since its proclamation in 1992, United Nations has observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD) to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
On Monday, December 3rd, we observe this day once again and recognize the importance of such a major international day.
The theme for this year is ‘empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’.
What does IDPWD stand for?
• Reflection – to look at our own past individual and collective actions, and to identify our goals for the future;
• Celebration – to recognize and value the diversity of our global community, and to cherish the role we all play, regardless of our abilities;
• Learning – to understand and learn from the experiences of people with living with a disability;
• It is a day for optimism – to look towards the future and the creation of a world where a person is not characterized by their disabilities, but by their abilities;
• Action – where all people, organizations, agencies and charities not only show their support for International Day of People with Disabilities, but take on a commitment to create a world characterized by equal human rights.
Show us how you are celebrating and making a difference this year – because this isn’t just a one day event, but a model of how we should live and celebrate every day of the year.