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WFOT supports The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2016

Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want’

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world.

The theme for this year’s International Day is "Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want". This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.

This year’s objectives include assessing the current status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and SDGs and laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities.

Observance of the 2016 IDPD coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD – one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the United Nations to date.

Information and Resources:

General information, documents and resources are available at

Posters, media resources and more are available at

WFOT actively supports the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. The WFOT Resource Centre offers the following related resources:

World Report on Disability 2011 – launched

Statement on Occupational Therapy April 2010

Position Statements:

Activities of Daily Living (2012)

Client-centredness in Occupational Therapy (2010)

Community Based Rehabilitation (2004)

Consumer Interface with Occupational Therapy (2010)

Diversity and Culture (2010)

Environmental Sustainability Sustainable Practice within Occupational Therapy (2012)

Human Displacement revised (2014)

Human Rights (2006)

Occupational Therapy in Disaster, Preparedness and Response (2014)

Telehealth (2014)

Universal Design (2012)

Vocational Rehabilitation (2012)

Occupational Therapy in End of Life Care (2016)

Occupational Therapy Services in School-Based Practice for Children and Youth (2016)

Other Resources:

• More UN and WHO information.