International Day of Disabled Persons

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MORE than 500 million persons all over the world suffer from various types of physical, mental, or sensory impairment. Four out of five of these people reside in the developing world. With disabled persons making up 10 percent of the world's population, their concerns have attracted global attention through the United Nations.

To draw greater attention to the well-being of people with disabilities, the United Nations declared in 1992 the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons every December 3. In its resolution, the UN General Assembly declared the need to promote global understanding of disability issues and generate support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of all disabled persons.

This year the theme for the annual observance is "EAccessibility," underscoring the reality that people with disabilities must be given access to information and communication technologies to the same extent as non-disabled people. Information through the World Wide Web is often presented in formats that are not accessible to people with disabilities. …