December 3rd – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Every year, 3rd of December is marked as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The date was established in 1992 by the General Assembly of the United Nations in order to motivate the population to understand the effects of disabilities and to combat discrimination in order for the whole world to become more responsible regarding the integration of persons with disabilities.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities has as an objective the promotion of understanding regarding problems with which persons with disabilities are confronted, as well as maintaining the dignity, rights, and welfare of such. It is an occasion to change attitudes concerning these persons through the elimination of barriers hindering their participation in diverse spheres of activity.
The occasion of 3 December is an opportunity for each of us to be involved and give our support for persons with disabilities to benefit from equal opportunities, but every day should bring additional information about disabilities in order to replace our prejudices or to produce a change of mentality. The community needs to get to know these persons, needs and aptitudes, and the services it need to develop.