Post Content


In 1992 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 3rd to be International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). The overall aim of the observance is to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. In Massachusetts alone, there are approximately 773,000 persons who identify as having a disability, which represents about 12% of our population.

Every year, the UN chooses a different theme each year to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society around the world. This year the theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all.”

The UN holds annual events at their headquarters in New York and gives communities the opportunity to share local events with the world. The UN also provides ideas for how you can celebrate IDPD in your community.

With this year’s focus on sustainability and inclusion in disaster response, the UN suggests holding inclusive and collaborative events, organizing forums and public discussions for all stakeholders, celebrating with events focusing on members of the disability community as change makers, and taking action by highlighting best practices and making recommendations to leaders. Find out more and download the IDPD poster at

Days like International Day for Persons with Disabilities help increase awareness of steps everyone can take to ensure full and equal participation in all aspects of life by all persons with disabilities.

Written By:

Client Services/Client Assistance Program Advocate

Recent Posts

Introducing Moss Lynch posted on Oct 12

Introducing Moss Lynch

I am very excited to start my position as the Training and Communications Specialist at the MOD. My responsibilities focus on Statewide training and outreach to help strengthen the mission of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I am a Boston native and spent numerous   …Continue Reading Introducing Moss Lynch

Introducing Jakira Rogers posted on Oct 1

Introducing Jakira Rogers

My name is Jakira Rogers, and I am very excited to be taking on the role of Access Specialist within the Community Services Unit of MOD. I was born and raised in Massachusetts and I am glad to be continuing my journey in the heart of Boston. I   …Continue Reading Introducing Jakira Rogers

Fourth Annual Disability Summit 2018 posted on Sep 20

Fourth Annual Disability Summit 2018

The Massachusetts Office on Disability annual Summit began in 2015. This event was designed to inspire leaders, advocates, and persons with disabilities to come together to focus on issues that impact the disability community. Join us on October 5, 2018 for a robust program that   …Continue Reading Fourth Annual Disability Summit 2018