observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, aims to
promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity,
rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase
awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities
in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme
of the Day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights
and participation in society by persons with disabilities, established by the
World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the General
Assembly in 1982.
How the Day may be observed
- Involve: Observance of the Day provides opportunities for
participation by all interested communities - governmental, non-governmental
and the private sector - to focus upon catalytic and innovative measures to
further implement international norms and standards related to persons with
disabilities. Schools, universities and similar institutions can make particular
contributions with regard to promoting greater interest and awareness among
interested parties of the social, cultural, economic, civil and political
rights of persons with disabilities.
- Organize: Hold forums, public discussions and information
campaigns in support of the Day focusing on disability issues and trends and
ways and means by which persons with disabilities and their families are pursuing
independent life styles, sustainable livelihoods and financial security.
- Celebrate: Plan and organize performances everywhere to
showcase - and celebrate - the contributions by persons with disabilities
to the societies in which they live and convene exchanges and dialogues focusing
on the rich and varied skills, interests and aspirations of persons with disabilities.
- Take Action: A major focus of the Day is practical action
to further implement international norms and standards concerning persons
with disabilities and to further their participation in social life and development
on the basis of equality. The media have especially important contributions
to make in support of the observance of the Day - and throughout the year
- regarding appropriate presentation of progress and obstacles implementing
disability-sensitive policies, programmes and projects and to promote public
awareness of the contributions by persons with disabilities.
and observances of previous years
For more information, please contact:
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Division for Social Policy and Development
United Nations Headquarters
Two United Nations Plaza, 13th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10017
Fax: 1 (212) 963-3062.