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Why it's important to Mark 'Disability'? Know about International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Each year 3rd December is marked as the Interntional Day of Persons with Disabilities to highlight the issues that affect the person with some kind of disability.

When we hear the word disability, usually first things strike the mind is handicap people or someone's whose leg or arm is broken etc. But disability is much wider and complex term. Let's understand the importance of this day.

What is a Disability?

Disability is much wider term where people with any impairment or defects with their body that can be the physical or the mental, that limits a person's ability to move or function to its full potential up to which a human being generally does. It can be problems which lack any visual representation of a disability, which is inner or mental.

So, disability can be a mental illness, dwarfism, hearing impairments, learning disability etc. Even the acid attacks or breast cancer kind of societal issues can be considered as a disability.

Why it is important to recognize or observe 'Disability' day?

As explained above, disability can be anything that limits the potential of a human being, so that means a lot of people who might be having or facing any such issue and the society is not talking about it much, it leads to a person feeling inferior among others just due to that particular disability he or she has. But it is completely fine to have any kind of disability as only then it's possible solutions will become accessible to all.

So, if anyone is facing this, we want to tell you that its completely fine, talk about it to your trusted people and look for solutions. Also, educate others about it.

How the International Day of Persons with Disability started?

It first got global proclamation in 1976, when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed for 1981 as the Internation Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP). Then the decade of 1983 to 1992 was declared as the decade of Disabled Persons.

The adoption of December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities happened during the UNGA’s 37th plenary meeting, on October 4, 1992.

For the year 2022, “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world “. The 2022 celebration will focus on the need for innovative solutions to help create an inclusive developmental model to aid people with disabilities.

In 2022, the WHO launched the Global Report on health equity for persons with disabilities. This report sets forth the approaches and actions that countries can take to address the health inequities that persons with disabilities experience.

According to UN, the 2022 event will cover:

  • Innovation for disability inclusive development in employment (SDG8): Linkages between employment, knowledge and skills required to access employment in an innovative, rapidly changing technological landscape to all.

  • Innovation for disability inclusive development in reducing inequality (SDG10): Innovations, practical tools and good practices to reduce inequalities in both public and private sectors, which are disability inclusive and interested in promoting diversity in the workplace.

  • Innovation for disability inclusive development: Sport as an exemplar case: a sector where all of these aspects coalesce; sport as a good practice example and a site of innovation, employment and equity.

So, in the end, we must know that lets do not make any disability as an inferiority complex. Infact each human being has some disability of some kind as it doesn't intend to be only a physical one but inner disability also. Let's appreciate, in whatever way god has blessed up with. It's important to appreciate life and not being skeptical about our limitations.

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