International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Theme, Date and history of the day
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It is celebrated on December 3 all around the world. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and celebrate their achievements and contributions.
IDPD mobilizes support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities, promotes awareness-raising about disability issues and draws attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.
UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector are motivated to support IDPD by collaborating with organizations for people with disabilities to arrange events and activities.
The theme for IDPwD 2020 is 'Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World'.
Every year the UN announces a theme to observe for International Day of People with Disability. The annual theme provides an overarching focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers for people with disabilities.
This has been occurring since 1992 when the General Assembly announced 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons.
In Australia, the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 commits all governments to a nationwide approach aimed at improving the lives of disabled people, their families and carers.
The Strategy's ten-year national framework for reform concentrates on better inclusion for people with disabilities and seeks to create a society that enables people with disabilities to fulfill their potential as equal citizens.
On the 2012 International Day of People with Disability, the United Kingdom government introduced mandatory work for disabled people who received welfare benefits in order to 'Improve disabled peoples chances of getting work by mandatory employment'.
A program is also launched on December 3 across India to serve the differently-able community of the country as an initiative called Accessible India Campaign under the Article 9 of UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)