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Saturday, December 3, 2011

International Day of People with Disability

Today is International Day of People with Disability. According to the IDPwD website:
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The day also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
IDPwD brings together individuals, businesses, community organisations, and governments from every corner of the world to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disability.
In 1992, at the conclusion of the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons (1983-1992), the General Assembly proclaimed 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons.
The theme for IDPwD 2011 is "Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development."

Approximately 15% of the world's population lives with disabilities. Many people are unaware of the great number of persons living with disabilities worldwide, as well as the challenges they face. To me, IDPwD is a day to educate others. Oftentimes, people without disabilities don't understand the magnitude of the challenges people with disabilities face on a daily basis. We must help share our experiences and educate others, in order to help remove the stigma behind living with disabilities.

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