International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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2023 Date3 December 2023
2024 Date3 December 2024

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) aims to raise awareness about the rights, well-being, and inclusion of people with disabilities. The observance also seeks to mobilise support for promoting accessibility, reducing barriers, and fostering the equal participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life. In line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, this annual event seeks to ensure that no one is left behind, by integrating the needs and perspectives of people with disabilities in global policymaking, social development, and environmental protection.

Established in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly, this observance has since garnered international support and relevance, including within the European Union (EU). The EU has been active in promoting disability inclusion, notably with the adoption of the European Disability Strategy for 2010-2020. This policy framework addresses key aspects such as accessibility, participation, education, employment, social protection, and international cooperation. The EU's commitment to disability rights is also reflected in its ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a binding human rights treaty that enshrines non-discrimination, inclusion, and equal participation of persons with disabilities.

Across the European Union, International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed through various events, campaigns, and initiatives organized by governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector. These activities aim to promote a better understanding of disability issues and showcase the skills, achievements, and contributions of persons with disabilities. They also serve as platforms for exchanging ideas and good practices, thus fostering dialogue and cooperation among stakeholders. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated globally on 3rd December and is an important opportunity to engage EU citizens in promoting a more just, inclusive, and equitable society for all.

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Facts about International Day of Persons with Disabilities

  • The theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities in 2023 was Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.
  • According to the WHO’s World Report on Disability, 15% of the world's population are living with a disability.
  • In the EU, approximately 15% of the population is living with some form of disability, making it crucial to ensure their rights, inclusion, and well-being.
  • Persons with disabilities in the EU face significant disparities in the labor market. The employment rate for persons with disabilities (aged 20-64) is 50.8%, compared to 74.8% for those without disabilities. Moreover, persons with disabilities are more likely to be employed part-time and to experience poverty.

Top things to do in the EU for this observance

  • Volunteer at a learning disability center or an assisted living facility.
  • Promote inclusive and accessible sports activities that allow persons with disabilities to participate alongside their peers. Collaborate with local sports clubs or organizations to organize events or competitions.
  • Engage with policymakers and advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. Push for equal opportunities, accessibility, and inclusion in areas such as education, employment, and healthcare.

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