International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) is commemorated on December 3rd of each year since 1992. IDPwD is a United Nations endorsed day that is celebrated internationally. This day aims to encourage people to have a deeper understanding of disability issues and gain support and awareness for the rights and well-being of people with disabilities. As a society, it’s important to raise awareness for people living with conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, brittle bone, etc.
Facts about Disability
- About 15% of the world’s population lives with a disability.
- 90% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend school.
- Only 5-15% of disabled people who require assistive devices and technology have access to them.
The Theme for 2015
Each year, the United Nations announces a theme. For 2015, the theme is Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities. The sub themes this year include:
- Making cities inclusive and accessible for all
- Improving disability data and statistics
- Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development
The theme helps start the discussion about the barriers that many people with disabilities experience. In most cases, people with disabilities do not have the same access to transportation, jobs, and education as the rest of society. By promoting and empowering people, more opportunities can be created. Our goal is to support people with disabilities in order for them to lead happy, successful lives.