International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today was set up by the United Nations under the title UN Enable to recognize and promote the causes of persons living with a disability.

Did you know that 1 billion people, approximately 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability?

2014 theme is “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”.

This year the International Day of Persons with Disabilities will focus on the role of technology in:

  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Responses
  • Creating Enabling Working Environments
  • Disability-Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals

For more information on today’s events: un.org

The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. 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.

As one of life’s little quirks would have it, today is also my birthday. I’ve reached the grand old age of 35. The grey hairs are coming and so are the nose hairs. Still, live is good and life is for living.

So enjoy International Day of Persons with Disabilities and remember to show those around you what you’ve got to offer to them.

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