On the 3rd of December, The International Day of People with Disability ( IDPwD) is held every year. It is not a celebration, but a day when  all types of people with disability will be recognised, cared and treated with dignity.

Disability Day 2022 was on December 03 Saturday

World Disability Day Image Source: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS

What is  the  International Day of People with Disability?

The IDPwD is a day sanctioned by the UN to increase the awareness among the public about differently- abled people. According to them, they feel that the world should dedicate one day in a year to recognize, appreciate and glorify the works and give an applause for all the achievements of any differently abled person.

Every year, the International Day of People with Disability has a theme. In 2018, the theme is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’. The officials at the United Nations, they plan and dream to create a sustainable and equitable world wherein these people can survive together with the ’normal’ people. This theme was decided upon as per the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda pledges that no one should be left behind in society because of a disability or for whatsoever reason.

What is being Differently Abled?

This is a disorder essentially, by no fault of theirs. So, they deserve some extra care to prove that they too are special in their own way. Humanity can and should be a bit more kind hearted to accept and let them live in peace in this world.

As per the statistics, almost 15% of the people around the world, are those who live along with their fair share of various kinds of disabilities. On this special day, they are given a platform to speak about the challenges they face in life. 

The disabled group of people are called ‘The World’s Largest Minority’ are ones who are facing a lot of difficulties in daily life. This affects their movement, their career, their livelihood, their right to information and even their interactions with society.

Often they are denied of their rights and are exploited in many ways. So, on this day, the world has to remember to constantly lend a helping mind and hand to the less fortunate people like the differently abled.

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What were the Themes of International Day of People with Disability in the previous years?

International Day of People with Disabilities Themes by Year:

1998: "Arts, Culture and Independent Living"

1999: "Accessibility for all for the new Millennium"

2000: "Making information technologies work for all"

2001: "Full participation and equality: The call for new approaches to assess progress and evaluate outcome"

2002: "Independent Living and Sustainable Livelihoods"

2003: "A Voice of our Own"

2004: "Nothing about Us, Without Us"

2005: "Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development"

2006: "E-Accessibility"

2007: "Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities"

2008: "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us"

2009: "Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world"

2010: "Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond"

2011: "Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development"

2012: "Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all"

2013: "Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all"

2014: "Sustainable development: The promise of technology"

2015: "Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities".

2016: "Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want"

2017:"Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all"

2018: "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality"

Read more: Acceptance and Empowerment of people with disabilities

Disability Day festival dates between 2019 & 2029

2019Tuesday, 3rd of December
2020Thursday, 3rd of December
2021Friday, 3rd of December
2022Saturday, 3rd of December
2023Sunday, 3rd of December
2024Tuesday, 3rd of December
2025Wednesday, 3rd of December
2026Thursday, 3rd of December
2027Friday, 3rd of December
2028Sunday, 3rd of December
2029Monday, 3rd of December

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