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International Day of People with DisAbility

In October 1992 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring that 3 December each year will be the International Day of Disabled Persons.

The event was renamed International Day of People with DisAbility in 1997 by Australian community representatives to place the greater emphasis on the abilities and achievements of people living with disabilities. This theme is reflected in the phrase Celebration of Ability that has been adopted as the catch phrase of the Australian campaign. Thousands of individuals and organisations throughout the country are being encouraged to celebrate the day.

International Day of People with DisAbility is unique among community awareness days, as it unites disability organisations, businesses, federal, state and local governments and the community. The day is a collaborative effort to celebrate and acknowledge the experience and expertise of people with disabilities.

This year, the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs has provided funding to Nican to promote the event and produce resource material to assist organisations in their celebration of the Day.

International Day of People with DisAbility is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions people with disabilities make every day to their communities, and to make a positive contribution to the lives of 3.6 million Australians who have disabilities, and to unite with the 500 million people with disabilities worldwide.