December 3rd, 2017
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Today, as the United Nations’ observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we will be raising our glasses to good work and community that is building belonging for all.
Each December 3rd, people around the globe celebrate and converse about International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The intention is to focus on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide, and to bring awareness and action to these issues.
What Do People Do?
People from many countries worldwide participate in various ways to promote the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Events may include art exhibitions promoting artwork by people with disabilities. Other events take the form of protests to highlight the difficulties disabled people have in playing a full role in society.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a global observance and not a public holiday.
The United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons was held from 1983 to 1992 to enable governments and organizations to implement measures to improve the life of disabled persons all over the world. On October 14, 1992, as this decade drew to a close, the UN General Assembly proclaimed December 3 as the International Day of Disabled Persons. This day was first observed on December 3, 1992. On December 18, 2007, the assembly changed the observance’s name from the “International Day of Disabled Persons” to the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”. The new name was first used in 2008.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is coordinated by United Nations Enable, which works to support and promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. The symbol of Enable is the blue UN symbol and the word “enable”. The UN symbol consists of an azimuthal equidistant projection of the globe centered on the North Pole surrounded by olive branches. The word “enable” is written entirely in lower case letters. The letter “e” is red and the other letters are blue.