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The theme for 2017 International Day of People with Disability is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.
Disability Day, or the International Day of People with Disability, is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The aim of Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people, as well as raise awareness about the benefits of integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life, from economic, to political, to social and cultural. Disability Day is not concerned exclusively with either mental or physical disabilities, but rather encompasses all known disabilities, from Autism to Down Syndrome to Multiple Sclerosis
Each year the UN announces a theme to observe for International Day of People with Disability. The annual theme provides an overarching focus on how society can strive for inclusivity through the removal of physical, technological and attitudinal barriers for people with disability. This has been occurring since 1992 when the General Assembly proclaimed 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons.
The theme for 2017 International Day of People with Disability is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. The overarching principle of this theme is to ‘leave no one behind’ and empowers people with disability to be active contributors of society. It is based on transformative changes envisaged in the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development [PDF 6.4 MB].
This global framework aims to strengthen the resilience of people with disability by providing full access to justice, health care services, infrastructure and accessible communities. It is focuses on inclusive education, lifelong learning, and sustainable economic growth through employment.
The History of Disability Day
Everything started in 1976, when the United Nations General Assembly made the decision that 1981 should be the International Year of Disabled Persons. The 5 years between the making of that decision and the actual Year of Disabled Persons were spent contemplating the hardships of the disabled, how the opportunities of the disabled could be equalized, and how to ensure the disabled take part fully in community life enjoying all of the rights and benefits non-disabled citizens have. Another issue that was touched on was how world governments could go about preventing disabilities from touching people in the first place, so much of the talk was about the viruses and other illnesses that lead to various kinds of disability. The decade between 1983 and 1992 was later proclaimed the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons, and during that time, all of the concepts previously created became parts of one long process that was implemented in order to improve the lives of disabled persons the world over.
In Australia, the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 commits all governments to a nationwide approach aimed at improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers. The Strategy’s ten-year national framework for reform focuses on better inclusion for people with disability and seeks to create a society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.
Today, countries all around the world celebrate the day.
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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
“The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a time to celebrate the contributions that people with disabilities make to our country and our world. It is also an opportunity to learn about what we can do so that everyone is able to fully participate in our communities and workplaces without barriers.
“This year’s theme – Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all – reminds us that resilient societies are inclusive societies. We must acknowledge the leadership of people with disabilities, and work with them to address the challenges they face and to achieve the goals laid out in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“While our country has made important progress toward advancing the rights of people with disabilities, Canada must continue to show leadership and actively promote diversity, equality, and inclusion – here at home and abroad. That is why we are investing in programs like the 2017 Enabling Accessibility Fund, which will help enhance and ensure greater accessibility and opportunities for people with disabilities in our communities, schools, workplaces, sport facilities, and beyond.
“Our Government is committed to helping Canadians with disabilities or functional limitations fully participate in their workplaces and communities. From July 2016 to February 2017, we consulted with people across the country on planned accessibility legislation. We will use this feedback as we move toward tabling this legislation in early 2018.
“This year, the 150th anniversary of Confederation reminded us that our diversity that is our greatest strength. All of us benefit when everyone’s rights are protected – and each one of us has a role to play to make inclusion a reality.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to join me in celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Not just today, but throughout the year, I urge you to take action and help create a truly accessible, just, and inclusive world for all.”
Statement by Minister Hehr of Canada on International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2017 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
“Today Canada and the world celebrate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This is a day for us to reflect on how far we have come in making Canada a truly accessible and inclusive country. We also know how far we still have to go. We mark this day by highlighting the talent and contributions of people with disabilities and by celebrating and renewing our commitment to make this country truly accessible and inclusive.
Today, one in seven Canadians reports having a disability. And that number will only increase as our population ages. Here in Canada, we are planning to introduce new federal accessibility legislation which will help improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities in areas under federal jurisdiction. The fact remains that people with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed, to live in poverty and to earn less than people without a disability.
As part of Canada’s roadmap to inclusion, the new legislation will get us closer to the accessible Canada we all want. Over time, this new legislation will mean real change for Canadians with disabilities—as users of services, as clients, as travellers and as employees in areas of federal jurisdiction.
A few days ago, the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was tabled in the House of Commons. The Convention protects and promotes the rights and dignity of people with disabilities without discrimination and on an equal basis.
We’ve taken some great strides towards improving our country. Together, we can create a Canada where all Canadians have an equal opportunity to succeed, to build their lives and to follow their hopes, their dreams and their aspirations.”
Consultation on Accessibility Legislation
Creating a new national accessibility legislation: What we learned from Canadians
The Government of Canada tables the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
International agreement on the rights of disabled people. EasyRead version
In this curated playlist, we bring together films that promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
In addition, the Inclusion BC Foundation and the BC Self-Advocacy Foundation have partnered up with the NFB to present a retrospective of films for their 3rd annual UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Film Festival. With simultaneous screenings in five BC cities (Victoria, Kelowna, Powell River, Dawson Creek and New Westminster) on December 3, this two-hour program of short films and conversation explores the representation of disability, from the early public-broadcast films of the 1960s up until the present day. For more information, visit.
Check out our infographic with stats from our Canadian Survey on disability: http://ow.ly/f0Ss30gX9Q0
inclusion BC film festival for DEC 3rd click to go link