International Day of People with Disability

We are so PROUD to launch our first post on this great day:

„International Day of People with Disability”

It’s been a month already since we started this blog and we’ve just gathered the courage to write our first post!

This is a very important moment for our project because it means that the countdown has begun. From now on we can’t afford to disappoint our readers,no matter how many they are. And what is more, we can’t afford disappointing the people we dedicate this blog to: people with different disabilities.

It is essential to mention that we believe there is a great difference between people with disabilities and disabled people. Ironically, most people with disabilities aren’t truly disabled. Being disabled is a state of mind, not a given condition.

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

-William James

In honour of this day and of all the great people that we celebrate today, enter http://www.facebook.com/idpwd and like the Facebook page of “The International Day of People with Disability” and also check their website here : http://www.idpwd.com.au/

Here is more information about The International Day of People with Disability

It is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. It was originally called “International Day of Disabled Persons”.

Each year the day focuses on a different issue. Themes from previous years have been:

  • 1998: “Arts, Culture and Independent Living”
  • 1999: “Accessibility for all for the new Millennium”
  • 2000: “Making information technologies work for all”
  • 2001: “Full participation and equality: The call for new approaches to assess progress and evaluate outcome”
  • 2002: “Independent Living and Sustainable Livelihoods”
  • 2003: “A Voice of our Own”
  • 2004: “Nothing about Us, Without Us”
  • 2005: “Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development”
  • 2006: “E-Accessibility”
  • 2007: “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities”
  • 2008: “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us”
  • 2009: “Making the MDGs Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world”
  • 2010: “Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond” 
  • 2011: “Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”
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