International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), 3 December 2019

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS 2019

International day of disabled persons 2019 would fall on Tuesday, on 3rd of December.

HISTORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS

The year 1981 was announced as the “International Year of Disabled Persons” by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1976. It was planned to emphasize the rehabilitation, prevention, promotion, and equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities at the international, regional and national levels.

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International Day Disabled Persons

The theme decided for the celebration of an international year of disabled persons was “full participation and equality”, too aware the people about the rights of disabled persons for their equal development in the societies, to emphasize the well being living for them as equal to normal citizens, and to improve their socio-economic condition.

The years from 1983-1992 was declared as the “United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons” by the United Nations General Assembly in order to offer the time frame to the Governments and other organizations so that they could properly implement all the recommended activities.

THEMES FOR CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS

The celebration of the international day of disabled persons requires an effective theme in order to get implemented properly the rules and regulations in society for the disabled person. Following themes are the year wise themes of the international day of disabled person celebrations are listed below:

    • The theme of the year 1998 was the “Arts, Culture and Independent Living”.
    • The theme of the year 1999 was the “Accessibility for all for the new Millennium”.
    • The theme of the year 2000 was the “Making information technologies work for all”.
    • The theme of the year 2001 was “Full participation and equality: The call for new approaches to assess progress and evaluate outcome”.
    • The theme of the year 2002 was the “Independent Living and Sustainable Livelihoods”.
    • The theme of the year 2003 was “A Voice of our Own”.
    • The theme of the year 2004 was “Nothing about Us, Without Us”.
    • The theme of the year 2005 was the “Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development”.
    • The theme of the year 2006 was “E-Accessibility”.
    • The theme of the year 2007 was the “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities”.
    • The theme of the year 2008 was the “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us”.
  • The theme of the year 2009 was the “Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world”.
  • The theme of the year 2010 was the “Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond”.
  • The theme of the year 2011 was the “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”.
  • The theme of the year 2012 was “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”.
  • The theme of the year 2013 was “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”.
  • The theme of the year 2014 was “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”.
  • The theme of the year 2015 was “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.

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AIM OF CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS

 

  • The crucial aim of celebrating this event is to increase the awareness and understanding of people towards the disability issues of disabled people.
  • To support the disabled people to get their self-respect, rights, welfare and security in the society.
  • To address all the issues of the disabled person in all aspects of life.
  • To analyze whether the rules and regulations implemented by the government organizations are working and following well or not.
  • To assist them with proper rehabilitation, offer equal opportunities, lessen poverty and encourage their role in the society.
  • To focus on their health, well being, education and social dignity.

WHY IT IS NECESSARY TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS

Most of the people even do not know how many people are disabled in society around their houses. They are getting their equal rights like normal people in society or not. They need some assistance from the normal people to rise in life, to get dignity and life of well being. But, generally, the people in society never know all the needs of them. According to the record, it is found that approximately 15% of the total population of the world is disabled people.

So, it is very necessary to celebrate this event to get people aware of the real condition of people with disabilities. People with disabilities come under “the world’s largest minority” and faces a lot of obstructions in all the aspects of life because of the lack of proper resources and rights for them.


Disability Day, or the International Day of People with Disability, is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The aim of Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people, as well as raise awareness about the benefits of integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life, from economic, to political, to social and cultural. Disability Day is not concerned exclusively with either mental or physical disability, but rather encompasses all known disabilities, from Autism to Down Syndrome to Multiple Sclerosis.

The History of Disability Day

Everything started in 1976 when the United Nations General Assembly made the decision that 1981 should be the International Year of Disabled Persons. The 5 years between the making of that decision and the actual Year of Disabled Persons we’re spent contemplating the hardships of the disabled, how the opportunities of the disabled could be equalized, and how to ensure the disabled take part fully in community life enjoying all of the rights and benefits non-disabled citizens have. Another issue that was touched on was how world governments could go about preventing disabilities from touching people in the first place, so much of the talk was about the viruses and other illnesses that lead to various kinds of disability. The decade between 1983 and 1992 was later proclaimed the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons, and during that time, all of the concepts previously created became parts of one long process that was implemented in order to improve the lives of disabled persons the world over.

How to Celebrate Disability Day


Each year since 1992, a variety of events are held in many countries. Disability Day is used for holding discussions, forums and campaigns relating to disability, and communities are encouraged to organize the meeting, talks, and even performances in their local areas. These can range from hosting a musical to a play, with disabled people being involved in these productions. The overall aim is to show non-disabled people that a person with a disability can be a vibrant member of society, as it happens that the entirely healthy is not always quite aware of this fact, which can lead to different kinds of discrimination of varying degrees of severity. The disabled, on the other hand, benefit from such performances by proving to themselves that there are many things they can still do, despite their conditions, which can help with their self-esteem and avoid mental issues such as depression from plaguing them. In general, these kinds of events are meant to challenge and they get rid of various stereotypes so that disabled people can enjoy lives free of discrimination and additional hardship.

Each year the day is celebrated there is an emphasis on a new aspect related to improving the lives of people living with a disability. In 2007, for example, the theme of the year was: “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities”. In 2013, last year, it was “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”, a call to help disabled people live in an inclusive society in every country, and to make sure that society was as accessible as possible for disabled people in all of its aspects, from making sure buildings are wheelchair accessible to installing Braille on elevator buttons.

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