3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The annual observance was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The aim of the day is to promote the rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities. As well as increase awareness in all aspects of society (political, economic, social and cultural).
This year’s theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward, an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”
Approximately 15% of the world’s population live with a disability. Persons with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic due to several factors, including, increased risk of adverse outcomes from COVID-19, difficulty accessing routine healthcare and rehab, and social isolation.
These factors are important to acknowledge and I encourage everyone today to reflect on how we as a society can improve inclusivity and accessibility.