annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was
proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution 47/3 in 1992.
It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in
all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of on the
situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social,
economic and cultural life.
on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability, the Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the
rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development
frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the
Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the
New Urban Agenda, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for
theme for this year’s IDPD is “Transformation
towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.
2030 Agenda pledges to “leave no one behind”. Persons with disabilities, as
both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards
inclusive and sustainable development and promote resilient society for all,
including in the context of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action,
and urban development. Governments, persons with disabilities and their
representative organisations, academic institutions and the private sector need
to work as a “team” to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (Acknowledgement to UN)
is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, which is now expressed in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All WFOT project plans are required
to identify the relevant SDGs so that WFOT can continue to meet its obligations
and commitment to the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO), and
other kindred non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to support the rights and
inclusion in society of persons with disabilities.
Information and Resources:
you can commemorate IDPD 2017 in your local community
Observance of the Day provides opportunities for collaborative and inclusive
events by all stakeholders – Governments, the UN system, civil society and
organizations of persons with disabilities – to focus on issues related to the
inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development, both as
beneficiaries and agents of change.
Organize: Hold forums, public discussions and information campaigns in support
of the themes of IDPD 2017to discuss and share ways of including and empowering
persons of all abilities to develop and be fully included in their local
Celebrate: Plan and organize performances everywhere to
celebrate the contributions made by persons with disabilities as agents of
change in the communities in which they live. Celebrate persons with
disabilities by creating opportunities to help realize their potential, be it
through music, sport, academia or interpersonal skills.
Take Action: A major focus of the Day is practical action to realize the
objectives of the Day for persons with disabilities and their communities. So,
highlight best practices and think about making recommendations to your local
political leaders, businesses, academic institutions, cultural centers and
others. Work to ensure that your activity leaves a legacy and brings about
Take advantage – promote WFOT Position
WFOT is proactive in supporting the
rights of people with disabilities. Position Statements are developed by expert
occupational therapists recruited from WFOT Member Organisations (MOs) to
promote WFOTs stance on important international and professional issues.
Relevant position statements are available in the Resource Centre of this website including:
in Occupational Therapy (2010)
Based Rehabilitation (2004)
Interface with Occupational Therapy (2010)
and Culture (2010)
Health: Informing Occupational Therapy Practice (2014) Human Displacement
Therapy in Disaster, Preparedness and Response (2014)
Therapy in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) (2016)
Therapy in End of Life Care (2016)
Therapy Services in School-Based Practice for Children and Youth (2016)
WFOT also contributes to relevant programmes and
events with the UN and WHO. Go to http://www.wfot.org/AboutUs/InternationalUpdatesandNews.aspx
to view WFOT’s contribution to global perspectives and actions relating to
people with disabilities.