INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES(3rd December)
- International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated every year on 3rd December to raise awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of social, economic, cultural and political life.
- In 1976, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 1981as the International Year of Disabled Persons and planned on equalization of opportunities, rehabilitation and prevention of disabilities.
- The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 and subsequently 3rdDecember was named as the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”.
- The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
- According to the report, approximately 15 percent of world’s population live with some form of disability out of which 80% live in developing countries. Due to lacks of medical treatment, information and communication and transport communication, they are facing many obstacles.
- Although Government is much aware for their development and mobilizes support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities, promotes awareness about disability issues and draws attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.
- Edward (Ed) Verne Roberts is considered the father of the independent living movement. As a hero in the United States’ disability rights movement, Roberts paved the way for people with physical disabilities to access higher education.
- The famous physicist and cosmologist “Stephen Hawking” was a person with disabilities.
- The theme for 2022 is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world”.