What is International Day of People with Disability?
International Day of People with Disability, or IDPwD, is a United Nations observed day that is celebrated annually. The day aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability, as well as to celebrate their achievements.
IDPwD 2020 theme
Each year, the UN announces a theme for IDPwD, which focuses on how we can strive to become a more inclusive society, by removing physical, technological and attitudinal barriers for people with disability. In 2020, the theme is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post Covid-19 World”.
When is it held?
International Day of People with Disability is held on December 3 each year and is celebrated around the world. This year, IDPwD will be celebrating the achievements of people with disability through online stories and videos. The organisation has partnered with the ABC this year, which will run programs across ABC radio, TV, online and on demand.
How can you get involved?
There are many ways to get involved and show your support for IDPwD.
- Share messages of inclusion and diversity. Why not celebrate diversity and share your own experiences of ‘seeing the ability in disability’ through your online and social media channels. Don’t forget to #DisableStereotypes.
- Host or attend an event for IDPwD. It’s not too late to host an IDPwD event at your school, workplace or community. Head to the IDPwD site to find out how you can get involved.
- Celebrate the contributions of people with disability. There are currently over 4.4 million Australians living with disability. Our goal is to highlight their achievements and celebrate their contributions. You can help by engaging with a digital or online activity.
To learn more about International Day of People with Disability and get involved in the day, visit the IDPwD website today.