International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3rd December 2021 Theme

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 2021

This year the theme of International Day of Person with Disabilities 2021 is – “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.

Pre-existing inequities are being exacerbated by the worldwide crisis of COVID-19, which is underlining the importance of disability inclusion work. This crisis has killed one billion people with disabilities, making them one of the most marginalized groups in our society.

Human rights, sustainable development, and international peace and security depend on the inclusion of people with disabilities. The pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind is also important to this promise. People with disabilities’ rights are more than just a question of justice; they’re an investment in the future of our society.

Even in the best of conditions, it is more difficult for people with disabilities to get the health care, education, and work they need, as well as actively part in community life. In order to ensure that no one is left behind, an integrated approach is essential.

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.

Swikriti Dandotia