The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December, 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.
The theme of the Day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by General Assembly in 1982.
The official title of the Day was changed from
International Day of Disabled Persons to International Day of Persons with
Disabilities by General Assembly resolution 62/127 on
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 access 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
2007 Decent work for persons with disabilities
2008 Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities: dignity and justice for all of us
Website of the International Day.
Stamp catalogue - 2008