United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons 1983-1992
order to provide a time frame during which Governments and organizations could implement
the activities recommended in the World Programme of Action,
the General Assembly proclaimed 1983-1992 the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons*.
With regard to education and employment of persons with disabilities, the General
Assembly adopted the "Tallinn Guidelines for Action on Human Resources Development in
the Field of Disability" in 1989**. They provide a framework for promoting
participation, training and employment of disabled persons within all government
ministries and on all levels of national policy-making in order to equalize opportunities
for persons with disabilities.
In 1991, the General Assembly adopted the Principles for the Protection of Persons with
Mental Illness and for the Improvement of Mental Health Care***. The resolution's
twenty-five principles define fundamental freedoms and basic rights of persons with mental
* General Assembly resolution 37/52
** General Assembly resolution 38/28
*** A/44/755 (1989)