International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Date: 3 Dec 2018
Time: All Day

3 December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). On this Day WHO joins World Health Organisation Logopartners to celebrate “a day for all”. This theme reflects a growing understanding that disability is part of the human condition. Almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently impaired at some point in life. Despite this, few countries have adequate mechanisms in place to respond fully to the needs of people with disability.

WHO estimates that more than one billion people – about 15% of the world’s population – experience some form of disability. This figure is predicted to rise given population ageing and an increase in the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases. While disability correlates with disadvantage, not all people with disability are equally disadvantaged. Much depends on the context in which they live, and whether or not they have equal access to health, education and employment, among others.

“More must be done to break the barriers which segregate people with disability, in many cases forcing them to the margins of society,” notes Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the WHO Department for the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “People with disability are often unable to access either mainstream services or the specialized programmes they need. Unless progress is made on this front, we will fail to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and their ambitious vision to leave no one behind.”