Saturday is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), an annual observance to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at every level of society and development. IDPD’s global strategy aims to increase inclusivity and create awareness of disability issues.
The ADA defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. The IDPD 2022 theme is Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world – promoting empowerment and creating opportunities.
How to Observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities
1. Volunteer: Find local programs that assist people with disabilities and lend a helping hand. Sometimes tasks like picking up groceries or the mail can be of major help.
2. Show Your Support: Celebrate and learn about the diverse range of disabilities by following content creators with disabilities on social media and sharing their voices.
3. Educate Yourself: Research what companies have initiatives for people with disabilities. Watch the video above to learn about common myths and misconceptions.