Each December 3rd, International Day of Persons with Disabilities - #IDPD - promotes the rights and well-being of people with disabilities; raising awareness of the political, economic, social and cultural aspects disability affects people around the world.
More than 1 billion people in the world have a disability. At 15% of the world’s population, people with disabilities account for the world’s largest minority, with 1 in 7 people affected.
The theme for #IDPD in 2021 is ‘Fighting for Rights in the Post- Covid Era’. Whilst the organisers recognise that the pandemic has affected everyone, it aims to highlight:
‘that people who live with disabilities are among the most affected populations amid the COVID pandemic. Where marginalisation, discrimination, vulnerability and exploitation are everyday factors for many people, the increased risk of poor outcomes have been magnified with the reduced access to routine health care and rehabilitation services, more pronounced social isolation, poorly tailored public health messaging, inadequately constructed mental health services, and a lack of emergency preparedness for people with special needs.’
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