The international day of disabled persons was started celebrating internationally on the 3rd of December every year and promoted as an international observance by the United Nations from 1992. The day was greatly emphasized to celebrate it yearly in order to promote the awareness about the people with disabilities as well as to encourage them by implementing a lot of assistance in their real-life to enhance their way of life and remove the social stigma towards them. Since 1992, it has been celebrated continuously every year until this year with a lot of success all over the world.
The vital purpose of this day celebration is to improve the understandings of the people worldwide towards people with disability issues as well as get together to support them to improve their self-esteem, well-being, and rights in society. It also looks to involve all the persons with disabilities in the society in each facet of life such as political, economic, social and cultural.
That’s why it is celebrated by the title of “International Day of Disabled Persons”. Every year celebration of the international day of disabled persons focuses on the different issues of disabled persons all across the world.
International Day of Disabled Persons 2019
The international day for disabled persons was celebrated on Tuesday, 3rd December 2019. The theme for 2019 is “Promoting the Participation of Persons with Disabilities and their Leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda”.
The theme clearly signifies the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda of “leave no one behind” by empowering the people with disabilities. This year’s events called for removing the obstacles that stand in way of the progress of people with disabilities. The day was observed in at least 104 countries with the help of volunteers and other well-wishers.
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Disability had organized a one-day event at the UN headquarters on 3rd December. There was a panel discussion on new initiatives for disability inclusion. A spotlight event on the theme of “Sport for all for Peace and Development” was also held. Banners, postcard invites for the day were sold on the official website of International Day for Disabled Persons – idpwd.org.
The Secretary-General of United States ‘Antonio Guterres’ launched the ‘United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy” on 11th June 2019 with an aim to increase the standards of the UN’s performance on disability inclusion across the board and action to bring about the unified and transformative change that is needed.
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs has organized an event at the Headquarter of the UN on 3rd December 2019 to think about how can be made the structure of government suitable and accessible for disabled people to make their life easier.
In 2018, the United Nations Staff Union, the Department of General Assembly and Conference Management, Office of Human Resources Management and Office of Central Support Services jointly celebrated a series of events in the UN headquarters on the 03rd December. Various seminars, conferences, workshops, and presentations were organized to commemorate the day.
Many social and nonprofit organizations conducted various campaigns and events. Two of the NGOs in Mumbai joined hands to celebrate the day with an event named ‘STRIDE-2018 – Walk with Dignity’ where a person with disabilities showcased their talents on the stage. They also got a chance to walk with professional models on the ramp.
The International Day of Disabled Persons 2018 Theme is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. This theme aims to empower individuals with disabilities so that they can get sustainable and equitable development. The Secretary-General of the United Nations launched the first-ever report on disability and development this year which will help the sustainable global agenda for persons with disabilities.
History of the International Day of Disabled Persons
The year 1981 was announced as the “International Year of Disabled Persons” by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1976. It was planned to emphasize the rehabilitation, prevention, promotion, and equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities at the international, regional and national levels.
The theme decided for the celebration of the international year of disabled persons was “full participation and equality”, to aware the people about the rights of disabled persons for their equal development in the societies, to emphasize the well being living for them as equal to normal citizens, and to improve their socio-economic condition.
The years from 1983-1992 was declared as the “United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons” by the United Nations General Assembly in order to offer the time frame to the Governments and other organizations so that they could properly implement all the recommended activities.
Themes for Celebrating the International Day of Disabled Persons
The celebration of the international day of disabled persons requires an effective theme in order to get implemented properly the rules and regulations in society for the disabled person. Following themes are the year wise themes of the international day of disabled person celebrations are listed below:
> The theme of 2019 is “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda”.
> The theme of 2018 was “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”
> The theme of 2017 was “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.
> The theme of 2016 was “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”.
> The theme of the year 2015 was “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.
> The theme of the year 2014 was “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”.
> The theme of the year 2013 was “Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all”.
> The theme of the year 2012 was the “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all”.
> The theme of the year 2011 was the “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”.
> The theme of the year 2010 was the “Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond”.
> The theme of the year 2009 was the “Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world”.
> The theme of the year 2008 was the “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us”.
> The theme of the year 2007 was the “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities”.
> The theme of the year 2006 was “E-Accessibility”.
> The theme of the year 2005 was the “Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development”.
> The theme of the year 2004 was the “Nothing about Us, Without Us”.
> The theme of the year 2003 was the “A Voice of our Own”.
> The theme of the year 2002 was the “Independent Living and Sustainable Livelihoods”.
> The theme of the year 2001 was the “Full participation and equality: The call for new approaches to assess progress and evaluate outcome”.
> The theme of the year 2000 was the “Making information technologies work for all”.
> The theme of the year 1999 was the “Accessibility for all for the new Millennium”.
> The theme of the year 1998 was the “Arts, Culture and Independent Living”.
How it is Celebrated
People from all around the world enthusiastically contribute to the celebration to actively promote equal rights for disabled persons as well as to support and enhance their morality. This great event is celebrated by organizing the art exhibitions which promotes the artworks made by disabled people to show their abilities. People also involved in protest activities in order to draw people’s attention towards the difficulties of disabled people as well as increase awareness about the precious roles of disabled people in society.
Aim of Celebrating the International Day of Disabled Persons
> The crucial aim of celebrating this event is to increase the awareness and understanding of people towards the disability issues of disabled people.
> To support the disabled people to get their self-respect, rights, welfare and security in the society.
> To address all the issues of disabled persons in all aspects of life.
> To analyze whether the rules and regulations implemented by the government organizations are working and following well or not.
> To assist them with proper rehabilitation, offer equal opportunities, lessen poverty and encourage their role in the society.
> To focus on their health, well being, education and social dignity.
Why it is Necessary to Celebrate the International Day of Disabled Persons
Most people even do not know how many people are disabled in society around their houses. They are getting their equal rights like normal people in society or not. They need some assistance from the normal people to rise in life, to get dignity and life of well being. But, generally, the people in society never know all the needs of them. According to the record, it is found that approximately 15% of the total population of the world is disabled people.
So, it is very necessary to celebrate this event to get people aware of the real condition of people with disabilities. People with disabilities come under “the world’s largest minority” and faces a lot of obstructions in all the aspects of life because of the lack of proper resources and rights for them.