Date: 3 December
Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance
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International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed with an aim to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well being of persons with disabilities.
The day was earlier called as International Day of Disabled Persons from 1992 – 2007. This name was changed to International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 18 December 2007 and first used in 2008.
UN observed 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons with theme “full participation and equality”. Also 1983 – 1992 was observed as the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons. As marking the end of the decade United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 3 December as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by a resolution on 14 October 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues pertaining to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.
The day is important as about 1 billion people out of 7 billion people in the world have some form of disability.
Actions and Programs
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed all over the world by many programs, events and activities. Organizations conduct programs which show the skills of differently able persons. These programs include art exhibitions, music show, sports events, success stories, etc. of differently able persons. Media also took initiative by showing programs shows the success and skills of differently able persons.
2016: Achieving 17 goals for the future we want
2015: Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities
2014: “Sustainable development: The promise of technology”
2013: “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”
2012: “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”
2011: “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”
2010: “Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond”
2009: “Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world”
2008: “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us”
2007: “Decent Work for persons with Disabilities”
2005: “Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development”
2004: “Nothing About Us Without Us”
2003: “A Voice of our Own”
2002: “Independent Living and Sustainable Livelihoods”
2001: “Full participation and equality: The call for new approaches to access progress and evaluate outcome”
2000: “Making information technologies work for all”
1999: “Accessibility for all for the new Millennium”
1998: “Arts, Culture and Independent Living”