International Day of Disabled Persons / International Day of Persons with Disabilities


International Day of Persons with Disabilities in Ghana (photograph: Simon de Trey White)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 18 December 2007. (photo: activity in Ghana, UN Photo/Simon de Trey White)


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

2006   E-accessibility

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


Bangladesh                  3 December 2008









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