Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), a global-event commemorated annually on December 3. First established by the United Nations in 1992, its purpose is to build awareness and understanding of persons with disabilities across social, economic, and cultural perspectives. Each year IDPD addresses a particular focus, with 2021’s theme targeting “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”
- 26% of Americans live with some type of disability.
- The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination based on disability.
- View this CDC Infographic for additional insights.
Resources to learn more
- Disability:IN – a leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion.
- World Bank Live – “Leadership and Participation of Persons with Disabilities” webcast. The World Bank will host a live panel discussion featuring leaders from government, the private sector, and civil society to commemorate IDPD.
- Crip Camp – 2020 award-winning documentary profiling a summer camp for disabled youth and how some of those teens became central figures in the passage of ADA (available on Netflix).
- Tips for allyship