International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is observed every year on December 3 ever since it was acknowledged by the UN in 1992.  The marking of a dedicated day aims at increasing and understanding for people with disabilities. Another reason to celebrate this day is to acknowledge their contributions and achievements in the society.

Though the UN acknowledged IDPD in 1992 but it was presented originally in 1981 and this year is known as the International Year of Disabled Persons. The resolution was passed in favour with a tally of 47 “for” and “3” against by the UN General Assembly.

The data available suggests that at least 15% of the entire world population consists of persons with disabilities which means that out of the 7 billion people living on our planet one billion are disabled. If we just talk about India, the census of 2011 reveals that there are approximately 26.8 million people I.e. 2.21% of the overall population of India are persons with disabilities.

The theme for 2020 on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses upon encouraging participation and promoting the persons with disabilities and their leadership to be in line with the 2030 Development agenda. The aim of which is to allow people with disabilities for inclusive, equitable, and sustainable development.

On occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, our  Vice-President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu took to the stage that there should be a change in the manner we approach the disabled. He further added that this day shall be renamed to ‘Day of Persons With Special Ability’ as these people have proven time and again that nothing can stop them from achieving their goals.

Team Shiksha feels the same way as Mr Vice President said and we appreciate the contributions that people with disabilities have made in our society.