Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

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International Day of People with Disability is celebrated annually on the 3rd of December. This important day aims to raise awareness and promote action around the rights of people with disability and their full inclusion in society.

Globally, there are one billion people with disability, and 80 per cent live in developing countries. People with disabilities often face barriers to inclusion and these barriers can stop people with disabilities from achieving their full potential.

Barriers come in many forms, including those relating to the physical environment; or negative attitudes and discrimination; or lack of suitable access to information; or those resulting from discriminatory legislation or policy. These barriers can often stop people with disabilities from gaining education and employment opportunities; accessing vital rehabilitation and healthcare; or participating fully in their communities.

While there are many barriers, we can all work together to help break them down. One powerful way to do that relates to this year’s theme: Achieving 17 goals for the future we want.

The theme is in recognition of the Sustainable Development Goals, commonly known as the Global Goals, which were adopted by world leaders in September 2015. These 17 goals aspire to pave the way to a world in 2030 where poverty is a thing of the past and no one is left behind.

Including people with disabilities in all 17 goals will bring us closer to achieving the future we want. A future where we make a fairer, more inclusive, and ultimately, barrier free world a reality for everyone.

A special thanks to our partners WaterAid and Timor-Leste national Disabled Peoples’ Organisation, Ra'es Hadomi Timor Oan (RHTO) for making his video possible.