INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: ‘ACHIEVING 17 GOALS FOR THE FUTURE WE WANT’

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A disability may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of those. A disability may be present from birth or occur during a person's lifetime.


“Disability” is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations and participations restrictions. An individual may also qualify as disabled if he or she has had an impairment in the past or is seen disabled based on a personal or group standard or even norm.

Since 1992, the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons is celebrated yearly on the 3rd of December. It aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The theme for this year’s International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities

The vital purpose of this day celebration is to improve the understandings of the people worldwide on all possible issues faced by person with disability. Through realising all of those, all stakeholders, together, will be able to support them to improve their self-esteem, well-being and rights in their immediate society. It also aims in increasing contribution and involvement of persons with disabilities in the society at each facet of life, including political, social, economic and cultural life.

We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), aspire to increase the awareness and understanding of public towards all issues encountered by disabled people. We take this opportunity to highlight how far we have come in recognising persons with disabilities as just another manifestation of diversity in our communities, and to stand in support of a society that embraces that diversity in all its forms and shapes

So let us come together at this day, to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities in our families, workplaces, schools and communities. Let us also reaffirm our commitment to embrace diversity in our lives. This is truly a DAY FOR ALL, an occasion to celebrate and welcome persons with disabilities as part of our beautiful human diversity.

Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities!