International Day of Persons with Disabilities was introduced to ensure the well-being and equal rights of all the people with disabilities in the world. It was proclaimed in the year 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly in its 47/3 resolution and since then it is celebrated on 3rd December every year.
Today, every seventh person in the world has one or the other form of disability. According to research, one in every ten children and one in every five women are likely to experience a form of disability in some part of their lives. There are types of disabilities as enlisted in The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016. The problems they face are of numerous folds. Such people become a prey of discriminations and in the process most of their birth rights are denied to them. In the COVID-19 world, their ailments have increased in multitudes. The message from United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ reads,
“A disability-inclusive pandemic response and recovery should be guided by persons with disabilities themselves, forge partnerships, tackle injustice and discrimination, expand access to technology and strengthen institutions to create a more inclusive, accessible, and sustainable post-COVID-19 world. I urge all countries to fully implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, increase accessibility, and dismantle legal, social, economic and other barriers with the active involvement of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations. On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us commit to build a sustainable, inclusive and just future for everyone, leaving no one behind.”
Many disabilities that result from birth or accidents are preventable, but the lack of proactive measures by the health care department has only raised the numbers. Education and employment are the major areas where persons with disabilities are left out. The impaired persons also lack support from their near and dear ones in many cases. In such cases, their will to work depreciates, more than their health related or physical deformity. So, on this day we should plan for inclusive form of measures in all the spheres.
In earlier days, disability in a person was never welcomed, they were usually shunned or ignored. But with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, people are no more reluctant to speak about their problems, or come out. Many people with disabilities have come out with flying colors. The bright example is the Paralympics that was conducted recently, where sportspersons with different setbacks, jumped in for various events. Their participation itself speaks of the courage in their bones, strength of their hearts and determination of their minds. Such people might be physically or mentally impaired but have power in their will.
On this day let us all embrace all our disabilities and also of the people around us, let us adorn them with love, care, celebrate their efforts and remember, “There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more”.