The International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been observed on the 3rd of December every year since 1992, when it was promoted by the United Nations.
Due to the fact that at least 10% of the world’s population, 650 million people, live with a disability, International Day of Persons with Disabilities promotes a better understanding of disability issues throughout all spheres of society and development. This day sheds light on the rights and wellbeing of everyone living with a disability, with a goal of increasing awareness about their situation. The day also asks people to think about how to promote disabled individuals’ integration into every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life and the benefits of doing so,
Each year, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on a particular theme. For 2019, the theme is “The Future is Accessible,” meaning we must all work together towards a fully accessible future, in which environmental and social barriers for people with different abilities are identified and torn down.
People, organizations, agencies, charities, educational institutions, and everyone else who participates on this day is invited to celebrate and promote the daily actions necessary to create a more diverse and accepting community.
How Can You Observe The International Day Of Persons With Disabilities?
On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, individuals and organizations are invited to consider what they could do better in terms of their treatment and inclusion of the disabled. They are also asked to look to the future and create strategies for being more accessible and promoting diversity.
One major way in which we can all contribute is to focus on understanding and learning from the experiences of people with disabilities. How do they experience the world, and what can you do to instill change? As we take on the commitment of working towards a more accessible future, we look forward to the day in which people are no longer defined by their disabilities.
While you are welcome to attend the main event hosted by the UN at their headquarters in New York City, encouraging your own community to celebrate this day can be an even greater and even more impactful choice.
By organizing forums and public discussions that focus on implementing positive changes for the disabled community, you and everyone else in your area can take action, highlighting what needs to be done and proposing recommendations to leaders and influencers.