December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities


3 December is the International Day of Disabled Persons all over the world. This holiday was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 14 October 1992.

Over the years, the policy towards people has changed. A path has been passed from providing basic care and assistance in appropriate institutions to creating conditions for receiving a full-fledged education and exercising rights on an equal basis with other categories of citizens. Concepts to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and their integration into society were created.

At the same time, the problems of persons with disabilities are increasingly highlighted in developing countries. This was also due to the growing number of citizens in need of social support in some states. In turn, the establishment of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities has become one of the steps to consolidate efforts aimed at ensuring guarantees for the protection of the rights and freedoms of people with disabilities.

According to the UN, more than one billion people have one or other form of disability, of which 80% live in developing countries, and 50% of people with disabilities cannot afford health-care services.

Every year the holiday is held under a new slogan. The traditional initiatives of this day are thematic conferences, forums, meetings, discussions, extra-curricular lessons in educational institutions.

The Human Rights Ombudsman in the Donetsk People’s Republic calls on citizens to show concern and pay more attention to the problems of people with disabilities. After all, only by caring for each other, we can build a worthy future for us and our children.