Every 3rd December is observed as International Day of Person with Disabilities to foster the rights and well-being of disabled people in society and in growth and to raise consciousness in all fields of national, educational, economic and cultural life of the condition of individuals with disabilities. The UN General Assembly declared the annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) in 1992 under the Resolution 47/3.
Inclusion of disabilities upholds civil rights, economic growth and peace and safety. It is also important that no one should be left behind in the pledge of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The pledge to recognize the interests of disabled people is not just a question of equity. Rather it’s a joint potential investment.
The WHO World Disability Survey reports that 15% or more than 1 billion people in the world live with disabilities. It is estimated that 450 million of them struggle with a mental or neurological disorder, of which two-thirds do not seek any medical assistance because of shame, discrimination or indifference.
Theme of International Day of Person with Disabilities 2020
This year the theme of International Day of Person with Disabilities 2020 is – “Not All Disabilities Are Visible”
“From 25 November to 3 December 2020, UNESCO will mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a week-long programme under the theme “Building Back Better: towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 environment with, for and with persons with disabilities
This theme reflects a growing awareness of the human condition. Disability. At some point in time, nearly everyone is temporarily or permanently disabled. Nevertheless, there are few nations that have sufficient structures in place to adequately address the needs of disabled persons.
The 2020 theme “Not all Disabilities are Visible” also focuses on raising awareness and knowledge of impaired conditions, such as mental illness, chronic disability, vision or hearing loss, diabetes, head trauma, developmental problems, learning differences, cognitive dysfunctions, etc.
The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly affected the lives and emotional well-being of people with disabilities around the world, with isolation, disconnections, interrupted habits and limited resources. As the community continues to fight against the epidemic, spreading awareness about intangible disabilities, as well as their potentially dangerous and not necessarily instantly noticeable mental health consequences, is vital.