December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities! Proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3, this annual observance looks to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Building on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks.
For 2020, the theme is “Not all Disabilities are Visible.” According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15% of the world’s population – that’s more than one-billion people – are living with disability. Nearly half of those are living with a mental or neurological conditions…you know, something you can’t SEE. And of those people? The vast majority won’t seek out professional help because of the stigma attached. Bottom line? Just be nice, be kind…and beyond that, do what you can to make the world accessible for all of us!