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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.

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