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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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WFOT supports The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2011


“Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”


Around 10% of the world’s population, or 650 million people, live with disabilities. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize 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 inclusion of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life. [Acknowledgement to WHO].

WFOT supports the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD). On this day, WFOT encourages you to support events in your community and nation, to promote the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities, and to promote the role of occupational therapy.

The United Nations suggests sub-themes for IDPwD activities:

  • Mainstreaming disability: including a disability perspective in all development processes
  • Gender: including women and girls with disabilities in development
  • Including children and youth with disabilities in development
  • Accessibility: removing barriers and promoting disability-inclusive development
  • Promoting data collection and statistics on disability.


The WFOT Resource Centre offers the following resources:

  • World Report on Disability 2011 – launched
  • Position Statement on Diversity and Culture
  • Information sheets on Post Traumatic Injuries; Children; Chronic Disease Self Management; and, HIV/AIDS
  • WFOT Position Paper on Community Based Rehabilitation
  • Statement on Occupational Therapy April 2010
  • Diversity and Culture April 2010
  • Consumer Interface with Occupational Therapy April 2010
  • Community Based Rehabilitation 2004
  • Client-centredness in Occupational Therapy April 2010

Other Resources:

  • More UN and WHO information.


Reports on IDPwD and Related Activities