International day of persons with disabilities
The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Persons with
Disabilities is an occasion to re-affirm and draw attention to the
rights of people who live with disabilities worldwide. It is held
annually on December 3.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2012
Since 1992, the United Nations' (UN) International Day of Persons
with Disabilities is annually held on December 3.
It aims to increase the understanding of the issues around
disabilities and attention to the dignity, rights and well-being of
persons with disabilities. It also aims to increase the awareness of the
gains for everybody if disabled persons are integrated into all aspects
of political, social, economic and cultural life and raising money for
resources for persons with disabilities. The International Day of
Persons with Disabilities re-affirms and draws attention to the rights
of people who live with disabilities.
What do people do?
Many events are held on and around the International Day of Persons
with Disabilities on December 3 each year. Many of these events aim to
involve groups of people from all sections of society in upholding the
rights of persons with disabilities and to celebrate the contributions
by persons with disabilities to their communities.
Other events take the form of protests to highlight the difficulties
disabled people have in playing a full role in society. Examples of
events include: forums with experts and disabled persons; public
discussions; the presentation of information campaigns; exhibitions of
art created by disabled people; social gatherings; and fundraising
activities to raise money to support disabled people.
The United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons was held from 1983 to
1992 to enable governments and organizations to implement measures to
improve the life of disabled persons all over the world.
On October 14, 1992, as this decade drew to a close, the UN General
Assembly proclaimed December 3 as the International Day of Disabled
This day was first observed on December 3, 1992. On December 18,
2007, the assembly changed the observance's name from the "International
Day of Disabled Persons" to the "International Day of Persons with
Disabilities". The new name was first used in 2008.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is coordinated by
United Nations Enable, which works to support and promote the rights and
dignity of persons with disabilities.
The symbol of Enable is the blue UN symbol and the word "enable". The
UN symbol consists of an azimuthal equidistant projection of the globe
centered on the North Pole surrounded by olive branches.
The word "enable" is written entirely in lower case letters. The
letter "e" is red and the other letters are blue.