People with Disabilities have abilities too and that is what this course is all about, making sure those abilities blossom and shine so that all the dreams you have can come true. -Mary Mcaleese
Disability is an umbrella term, covering impairments, limitations and participations restrictions. An individual may also qualify as disabled if he or she has had impairment in the past or is seen disabled based on a personal or group standard or norm, but all people with disabilities have their own abilities.
The International Day of People with Disability is observed on the 3rd of December annually focusing on different issue. The day is an observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. International Day of People with Disability seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect including political, social, economic and cultural life. It aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
The theme of this year is ‘Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology’ which focuses on disaster risk reduction and emergency responses, disability inclusive sustainable development goals and creating enabling working environments. The theme is selected to harness the power of technology to promote inclusion and accessibility to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of sustainable development for all.
At World Assembly of Youth, we seek to promote equality among all youth; equal treatment and access to resources for youth living with disability. We aspire to eliminate discrimination against the youth with disability, empower the disabled and rise an informed youth generation on the issue. A major focus of the day is practical and concrete action to include disability in all aspects of development, as well as to further the participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development of the society on the basis of equality.
Therefore, we urge all stakeholders to plan and organize performances everywhere to showcase and celebrate the contributions made by persons with disabilities as agents of change in the communities which they live.
Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities!