The annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities Day is on December 3rd. Every year, this day is about raising awareness of the inequalities that people with disabilities face — and joining the fight to change this. This year’s theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.” People with disabilities are amongst the most affected by the pandemic and the societal changes it requires. The limited access to resources, uninclusive regulations, and increased isolation affect people with disabilities differently.
History and Timeline
1981 – The United Nations declares 1981 as the “International Year of Disabled Persons.”
1983-92 – The United Nations declares this decade as the “International Decade of Disabled Persons.”
1992 – The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is declared.
Although celebrated on December 3rd, this cause is more than a single day’s effort. The advocacy and fight for equal treatment is a year-round commitment. Join us in celebrating this day by prioritizing inclusion and awareness of the inequalities that the handling of the pandemic creates.