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International Day of Persons with Disabilities
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of December, repeating indefinitely
3 December every year: Raising awareness of disability rights and issues.
This Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The theme for 2017 was “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. You can find further details about the Day, and the annual theme, at: www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/
The following video clip ‘Motion Disabled’ shows animated versions of real people living with conditions such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, missing limbs, brittle bones and short stature, performing everyday activities. It aims to raise awareness of disability rights, and would also be great to show to students to generate discussion about what ‘disability’ means. There is no commentary to the video, but a clip with an audio description is also available.
During ten days of action in December, students can take part in the Forgotten 10 Challenge – the UK’s largest campaign in support of the forgotten victims of conflict.
Teachers and students can get involved by learning about the human impact of conflict and taking action to raise awareness. The charity Humanity & Inclusion provides free teaching resources along with suggestions for getting a class, year group or the whole school involved. >> Read more in our guest blog.
The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has a page with background information and teaching activities for this Day.
If you would like to find teaching resources to help your school mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, you could browse through the ones listed under the topics of Disability or Diversity and Inclusion.