Brussels—Each year the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated December 3 to promote an understanding of the rights and needs of people with disabilities and to foster their inclusion in society. The first International Day of Persons with Disabilities was held in 1992. Over one billion people in the world live with some sort of disability, and 80% of them are living in developing countries. Measures should be taken to improve equality, to increase participation and to protect the dignity of persons with disabilities.
This year's theme is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities” to look at this issue in the context of the newly adopted post-2015 development agenda. One of the sub-themes of the day is improving disability data and statistics. The lack of data and information on disability and the situation of persons with disabilities at the national level contribute to the invisibility of persons with disabilities in official statistics. The IDPD will also be used to highlight challenges and map out strategies to involve persons with disabilities and their organizations in disability data and statistics collection and dissemination.
Thousands of activities will occur to mark this day around the world. Charities, governments, NGOs and corporations will celebrate the day.