International Day of Disabled Persons

3 December is observed annually as the United Nations International Day of Disabled Persons (IDDP) since 1992. It provides opportunities for Governments, organizations of disabled persons and society as a whole to focus upon and take stock of the gains to be made from the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. (ILO news) 

This year’s theme is based on the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others. On this occasion, ILO offices both in Geneva and around the world will work together to raise the visibility of the barriers preventing persons with disabilities from full participation in the labour market and highlight efforts to overcome these barriers, focusing, in particular, on good practice and collaboration among key stakeholders-government, workers’ and employers’ groups, Disabled Persons Organizations and other NGOs.

 A video message from the actress Marleen Matlin 

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