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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations' (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities is annually held on December 3 to focus on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities re-affirms and draws attention to the rights of people who live with disabilities.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities re-affirms and draws attention to the rights of people who live with disabilities.
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What Do People Do?

People from many countries worldwide participate in various ways to promote the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Events may include art exhibitions promoting artwork by people with disabilities. Other events take the form of protests to highlight the difficulties disabled people have in playing a full role in society.

Public Life

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

The United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons was held from 1983 to 1992 to enable  governments and organizations to implement measures to improve the life of disabled persons all over the world. On October 14, 1992, as this decade drew to a close, the UN General Assembly proclaimed December 3 as the International Day of Disabled Persons. This day was first observed on December 3, 1992. On December 18, 2007, the assembly changed the observance's name from the "International Day of Disabled Persons" to the "International Day of Persons with Disabilities". The new name was first used in 2008.

Symbols

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is coordinated by United Nations Enable, which works to support and promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. The symbol of Enable is the blue UN symbol and the word "enable". The UN symbol consists of an azimuthal equidistant projection of the globe centered on the North Pole surrounded by olive branches. The word "enable" is written entirely in lower case letters. The letter "e" is red and the other letters are blue.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
FriDec 32010International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 
SatDec 32011International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 
MonDec 32012International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 
TueDec 32013International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 
WedDec 32014International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 
ThuDec 32015International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 
SatDec 32016International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 
SunDec 32017International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 
MonDec 32018International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 
TueDec 32019International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 
ThuDec 32020International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesUnited Nations observance 

Quick Facts

The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities is annually observed on December 3 to re-affirm and draw attention to the rights of people who live with disabilities.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesEnglish
Día Internacional de las Personas con DiscapacidadSpanish
국제 장애인의 날Hebrew
اليوم العالمي لذوي الاحتياجات الخاصةArabic
יום הנכה הבינלאומיKorean
Internationaler Tag der Menschen mit BehinderungGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on December 3, 2016

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