observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3
December, aims to promote an understanding of disability
issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and
well-being of persons with disabilities.
It also seeks to
increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration
of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political,
social, economic and cultural life. The theme of the Day is
based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights
and participation in society by persons with disabilities,
established by the World Programme of Action concerning
Disabled Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in 1982.
the International Day of Disabled Persons
observance of the Day in 2004 will focus on the active
involvement of persons with disabilities in the planning of
strategies and policies that affect their lives. The motto
“Nothing About Us Without Us” relies on this principle of
participation, and it has been used by Disabled Peoples
Organizations throughout the years as part of the global
movement to achieve the full participation and equalization of
opportunities for, by and with persons with disabilities.
involvement of persons with disabilities in the ongoing
elaboration of a convention on the rights of persons with
disabilities has proved to be an excellent example of how the
principle of full participation can be put into practice and
how it can contribute to the development of truly inclusive
societies, in which all voices are heard and persons with
disabilities can help shape a better world for all.
of the Day offers an opportunity to foster changes in
attitudes towards persons with disabilities and eliminate
barriers to their full participation in all aspects of life.