International Day of People with Disability
This week at Leap In! HQ, we’re celebrating International Day of People with Disability.
What is the International Day of People with Disability?
Around 1 billion people around the world live with a disability, that’s roughly 15 percent.
To recognise the achievements of these people living with disabilities across the world, the United Nations proclaimed in 1981 that International Day of People with Disability would be celebrated each year on 3 December.
In Australia, the day presents the whole community with the opportunity to challenge perceptions, educate others and help normalise disability. The aim is to make Australia, and the world, a more inclusive place.
This week is also a time when the community, individuals and organisations can reflect on their role in removing barriers to social inclusion, equity and participation. It’s also a great time to celebrate people with disability and their achievements and contributions.
This year’s International Day of People with Disability theme.
Every year there is a theme for the day. The theme for 2018 is ‘Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality’. This year the patron is Gerard Gosens. Gerard is Brisbane local.
You can learn more about his story here: