Today, 3 December is the annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which has been commemorated since 1992, by the United Nations.
The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in society and development. The Day works to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all.
The theme of 2015 is, Inclusion Matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities. It is estimated that one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation. This years theme will focus on the right to participate in public life as being essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society. There are three sub-themes the day will be observing and focusing attention to these are; Making cities inclusive and accessible for all, Improving disability data and statistics, and Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development.
Across the world in member states, Governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector are partnering with organizations of persons with disabilities to arrange events and activities to commemorate the day, to find out more about worldwide events visit United Nations Enable. Throughout the day we will be drawing attention to what people and organisations are doing across the UK in support of the day. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with associated news and events.