December 3, 2018

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is an annual event held on December 3 around the world to promote the understanding of people who are living with disabilities and raise public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and celebrate the achievements and contributions they make to society.  This year’s theme, “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality,” focuses on promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the United States and around the world, people with disabilities face negative stereotypes, difficulty communicating, and physical, social and other barriers that prevent them from learning, living, working, and playing in their communities.

On December 3, celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities by celebrating the achievements of people living with disabilities and the role communities and societies play in eliminating the barriers to social inclusion, equity, participation and citizenship.  Together, we can create inclusive communities where people with disabilities can be healthy, lead full active lives and enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others.

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