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International Day of People with Disability 2017

by ADDC · 20 Nov, 2017

In 1992, the UN General Assembly sanctioned December 3 to be marked as the International Day of People with Disability. Every year, this day celebrates the lives, talents and abilities of people with disabilities; and encourages the drive to break down the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from being able to be included in mainstream society. The Australian government is a staunch supporter of this cause since 1996 and allocates funds to promote and raise awareness in order to create an all-inclusive society throughout Australia.

2017 completes 25 years of celebrating IDPD. Every year the UN has a theme around which the Day revolves. This year’s theme is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all’. The Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030 promise to ‘leave no one behind’. This resolution encourages the stakeholders to expedite sustainable development and creation of resilient societies that include everyone, especially in the areas of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action and urban development.

For more information visit the UN IDPD page.

Everyone is encouraged to be a part of this celebration and can contribute to raising awareness of environmental and attitudinal inclusivity of the people with disabilities in various ways. To get ideas on what you can do, check out the International Day of People with Disability website.

Each year CBM Australia produces an IDPD Communications Kit to help you and your organisation raise awareness and promote the day. The Kit includes a range of resources such as: images, infographics and suggested social media posts, as well as a new video from Vanuatu which highlights the unique experience of women and girls with disabilities living in poverty.

For more information or to receive the IDPD Communications Kit, please contact Elle Spring: espring@cbm.org.au