The Day of People with Disability is also known as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This is a special day that celebrates and honours individuals with disabilities all over the world. This particular special day promotes political, social, economic and cultural processes which support disabled people all over the world.
History of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed every year on December 3. The United Nations first started to celebrate this day back in 1992. However, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was originally known as the International Year of Disabled Persons. This holiday for disabled people was shortened to a year so that people could celebrate it on annual basis.
Festivities for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
The events and festivities that are recognized on this day varies by the groups and organizations that participates within this day. Some groups sponsor lectures and workshops regarding disabled people while others put on dances, plays or some other type of cultural display. Sporting events such as wheelchair basketball take place on this day and some places showcase films that involve disabled people.
Every year there is a theme that is supposed to be promoted by sponsors and organizers. Themes typically include various information about different aspects of life related to disabilities. The United Nations typically designates the themes for each year.
The theme for 2016 is: “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. These goals are being promoted to help create a better world for people with disabilities. They are a part of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that will be used for this purpose.
Keep in mind that past themes included the 2007 “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities” subject and “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all” which took place in 2012. All of the themes have been carried out with great success because of the joint efforts of organizations, groups and individuals helping people to achieve these goals.
Keep in mind that the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a public observance day and not a holiday. Since it is not an official holiday, people will not get a day off of work or decorate their homes to honour this special day.
Symbols for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities uses a specific symbol to represent this special day. This symbol was created and designated by the United Nations. The symbol includes a blue background and the UN symbol which is a globe that has olive branches surrounding it. This symbol also has the word enable written underneath it and many people believe that it is the perfect object to represent disabled people everywhere.
Sponsorship and Support:
Thousands of businesses, companies, industries, organizations and individuals all come together to celebrate this fantastic day of observance. They provide money, resources, technology and manpower to help disabled people everywhere. Thousands of these organizations are located all across the globe and they realize that disabled people need help to become enabled and empowered.
Many companies take part in this event since it is an aspect of their cooperate responsibility. Support for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities also helps many organizations to raise more money and awareness about this cause.
Reception for this Special Day:
Many people might not be aware that the International Day of Persons with Disabilities even exist. However, many organizations and media personalities are doing more to promote this special day. Many people who hear about this day typically get involved with it on some level but a lot of individuals do not.
Keep in mind that most people know or have encountered at least one disabled person. This is especially true within American society. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that at least 1 in 5 Americans have some type of disability. That is whopping 20% of the population and this figure includes adults and children.
Disabilities are widespread and they seem to be on the increase. Regardless if a disability is physical, physiological or mental; many people are suffering from some type of abnormality that affects their overall well-being.
Yes, people with disabilities can function and learn and they are far from being mentally incapable of doing anything. However, they do have limitations within their makeup that prevents them from functioning as regular adults. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been proven to change life for disabled people all over the planet.
“For me, the wheelchair symbolizes disability in a way a cane does not” – Annette FunicelloClick to tweet
Changes Brought about by this Event:
This special day has helped to create and implement change for disabled people all over the planet. The past themes have encouraged governments and organizations to create legislation that has put disabled people to work. This legislation has gone a long way with improving the lives of disabled people within many different countries.
The main thing to remember is that disabled people need advocates and support from outside entities. Many of these individuals do not have the resources, knowledge or ability to make changes for themselves. So, advocates have to step up and speak out for disabled individuals.
Many of the spokespersons who sponsor or represent disabled people typically have some type of disability themselves. However, they have managed to overcome their disability enough to work and to become productive members of society. This is the goal of many disabled people.
Disabled want to be normal. They would actually act and function like a “normal” if it were not for their handicap. Disabled people are constantly looking for ways to validate themselves in terms of being able to care for and support themselves. Disabled persons supporters and sponsors know that their support is important for helping to make life better for disabled individuals.
“The thing about living with any disability is that you adapt; you do what works for you” – Stella YoungClick to tweet
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the Future:
The U.N. is going to continue this special day well into the future. As a matter of fact they even have days planned all the way until the 22nd century. This is how committed they are to this cause and how important it is for people everywhere. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities will continue on for many years helping many disabled people to achieve great things.
Future generations of disabled people will be able to grow, develop and life an abundant life. All of this will be possible because of this special day sponsored by U.N. People everywhere should honour the Day of People with Disability 2016 and beyond.