December 3rd has been designated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
In 1992, the United Nations established December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
This year’s theme was “Achieving 17 Goals for the future we want”. The seventeen goals are:
- No Poverty
- Zero Hunger
- Good Health and Well-being
- Quality Education
- Gender Equality
- Clean Water and Sanitation
- Affordable and Clean Energy
- Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- Reduced Inequalities
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Responsible Consumption and Production
- Climate Action
- Life Below Water
- Life on Land
- Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
- Partnerships for the Goals
Past themes include: “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”; “Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities”; and “E-Accessibility”.
Photos of people celebrating all over the world can be found under #aday4all.
About 15% of the world’s population, or 1 billion people, have some sort of disability.
December 3rd is a day for recognizing the contributions of those with disabilities and continuing to remove barriers and improve accessibility for the disabled. Ten years ago, on December 3rd, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities created the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As Secretary of State John Kerry states in his press release for the special day, the convention is loosely based on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
America has been a global leader in rights for people with disabilities.
However, other countries have made major improvements to accessibility and inclusion. This year’s event was celebrated around the world. Even in Palestine, along the Gaza strip, one of the most politically unstable regions in the world, the “Persistence Marathon” highlighted the needs of those injured through acts of war. In China, the first handicap-accessible ski resort opened. Calgary, Canada held a special conference to honor people with disabilities.
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While there has been much progress made for people with disabilities in the past few decades, there is still much work to be done.
In developing countries with economies that rely solely on agriculture or manufacturing, those with physical handicaps are particularly disadvantaged. In India, less than half of one percent of people with disabilities are employed in the private sector. Internationally, adolescents with disabilities face an increased risk of sexual violence. Those with disabilities are also much less likely to be able to afford and find health care and more likely to have poor experiences with the healthcare they do receive. Improved accessibility through technology, cultural demarginalization, and expanded access to healthcare are all needed to help the disabled achieve equality.
Americans are fortunate to have Social Security Disability Insurance, a program that helps workers if they become too injured or ill to work. If you are too injured or ill to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The attorneys at Bemis, Roach and Reed have experience helping those with disabilities get the benefits they need. Contact us today for a free consultation. Call 512-454-4000 and get help NOW.
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