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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3rd 2021 is international day of persons with disabilities and is celebrated every year. It promotes the rights of people with disabilities in all areas of society.

Since March 2020 every person around the world has been impacted in some way by Covid-19, this is why this year the theme for 2021 is ‘fighting for rights in the post-COVID era’ and is a celebration of the challenges, barriers and opportunities for people with disabilities, in the context of a global pandemic.

Why Should We Celebrate International Day Of People With Disabilities?

The first annual day was founded in 1992 and has been a celebration of people living with disabilities all around the world ever since. It acts as a reminder that we should all be pulling together to combat the discrimination many disabled people still face.

The day is about promoting, celebrating and raising awareness of the rights and well-being of people with disabilities. This annual occasion is designed to join together and support people with disabilities in our communities and raise awareness of the importance of creating a future where people with disabilities experience equal opportunities without any barriers.

Here are some Key Messages:

  • Disability Inclusion in the health sector is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do, as it directly contributes to the achievement of broader global and national health priorities.
  • Many of us will experience disability in our lifetime, particularly as we grow older.
  • The world health organisation commits to supporting countries to realise a world where health systems are inclusive and people with disabilities can keep their highest standard of health.
  • Covid-19 has resulted in further disadvantages and increased vulnerability for many people with a disability.

Not All Disabilities Are Visible

Even though not all disabilities are visible, they still exist. The international day of persons with disabilities aims to open up a discussion about disabilities which are not immediately obvious such as chronic pain or fatigue, diabetes or neurological disorders. This will help to spread awareness of those disabilities and reduce stigma around disabilities which cannot be seen easily.

We encourage everyone to increase their understanding of both visible and non-visible disabilities to create a society where disabled people have equal opportunities to realise their full potential.

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