Commemorating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities falls on December 3rd, 2012 and promotes the inclusion of people with disabilities through a focus on improving accessibility and removing all types of barriers in society. This particular day launches the run-up to the UN’s High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Disability and Development (HLMDD), which will be held on September 23rd, 2013. Some of the events being held at UN Headquarters include a panel discussion on the theme of the HLMDD (“The way forward: a disability inclusive development agenda towards 2015 and beyond”), a musical performance by students from the NY Institute for Special Education, and the UN Enable Film Festival.

Here are some events going on around the world:

  • Australia – The exhibition “Removing Barriers: Creating New Futures for All” will be conducted at the University of Sidney by the Australian Disability and Development Consortium as part of the conference “Creating New Futures for All: Children, Youth, Disability and Situations of Forced Migration”.
  • Canada will hold several events in several locations throughout the country including Fort Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Nanaimo, British Columbia.
  • Egypt – Students of Alkasr Elaeiny Medical School will commemorate the Day for the first time at their College with activities that include a gallery of famous persons with disabilities, a workshop, and a fair.
  • Faroe Islands – Tórshavn – The Ministry of Social Affairs, The Council on Disability Awareness and the Disabled Peoples Organization is holding an event at the Nordic House where Danish Paralympic rider, Annika Lykke Dalskov (who won four medals at the London 2012 games) will be the keynote speaker.
  • Slovakia – The documentary “Body and Soul” will be screened as part of the ONE WORLD festival in Bratislava, Slovakia and will be followed by a discussion with the actors and director of the film. This event is organized by eRko, END EXCLUSION’s partner in Slovakia.

If you are commemorating International Day of Persons with Disabilities in your community or would like to share an innovative idea for activities that includes other stakeholders (such as your Government, a UN agency, an NGO/DPO), the UN would love to hear about it! They will showcase the idea on their website to inform and inspire others to do the same. Please send your ideas and commemoration plans to If you will be in New York during the UN’s events and would like to attend, please contact for entry passes.

Make the Day count! Include, Organize, Celebrate, and Take Action!

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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