International Day of Disabled Persons

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International Day of Disabled Persons


To provide an opportunity for governments, organizations of disabled persons, and all in society to focus on the freedoms and potentials of persons with disabilities, International Day of Disabled Persons is observed on December 3 each year.The theme for 2009, “Realigning the Millennium Development Goals for All: Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and their Communities Around the World,’’ stresses the need to develop programs that raise the profile of disability issues in both the developed and developing world and identify existing needs and priorities, and calls for greater efforts to find solutions which are suited to the technological and economic conditions of the disabled. These actions require people with disabilities to be visible and to be given a voice that will qualify them to be adequately represented in decision making.Disability, a physical, sensory, or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, affects 15 to 20 percent of every country’s population. The proportion of persons with disabilities keeps increasing due to the large incidence of poverty, lack of occupational health and safety, poor pre-natal care, poor road and traffic management, civil conflicts, and landmines. Conflict and poverty continue to cause high rates of disability in the less developed world while the incidence of disability is increasing in the industrialized world as populations age. …

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