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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 09, 2014
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Did you know that a significant portion of the world’s population has disabilities? “Over one billion people, or approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability.” It is vital that individuals with and without disabilities understand disability and how it affects people. What’s more, a heightened awareness of disability may help protect those with restrictions and limitations from stigma and prejudice.

Have you heard of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities?

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is promoted by the United Nations, exists to “(remove) barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.” It is an “observance” that was established in 1992. Each year the IDPD seeks the betterment of those worldwide who live with disabilities of various kinds. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities took place last week, on December 3rd.

How is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities helping to raise awareness of the disability communities of the world?

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities will do much this year to raise awareness of different disability communities. For example, the IDPD will…

  • Organize and plan performances that demonstrate the excellent ways those with disabilities contribute to their communities.
  • Hold information campaigns, forums, and discussions that are harmonious with the goals of the IDPD.
  • “Highlight progress and obstacles in creating accessible and inclusive environments.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be celebrated around the globe, in locations such as Vienna, Italy, the United States, Chile, Moscow, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Egypt, Ghana, India, and Ireland, to name just a few. Clearly, the IDPD will shine the light of disability awareness far and wide.

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