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International Day of Disabled Persons – 3 December

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International Day of Disabled Persons – 3 December

Every year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)  observes the International Day of Disabled Persons on 3 December.  UNESCO aims to increase awareness about the problems faced by disabled people.  It also aims to provide support to people with disabilities in our society.

Disabled are the people who have certain illnesses, injury or conditions, due to which they are not able to live a normal life. These could be normal physical or mental activities. For instance, they are not able to move from one place to another, see, hear or smell.

History of the International Day of Disabled Persons

In 1992, the United Nations voted to establish 3 December as the International Day of Disabled Persons. Several events are organised on this day at the United Nations (UN) and all over the world.


Every year, the day is celebrated with a theme.

Persons with disabilities in the world are among the hardest hit by COVID-19. As a result, the theme for this year is to make people with disabilities heard, included and supported in our world during COVID-19.

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