Over one billion people, or approximately 15% of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. Please join us today, as we celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities is: “Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all”.
A major focus of the Day is practical and concrete action to include disability in all aspects of development, as well as to further the participation of persons with disabilities in social life and development on the basis of equality. To make the most of the Day, activities may highlight progress and obstacles in implementing disability-sensitive policies, as well as promote public awareness to break barriers and open doors to realize an inclusive society for all. Also, beginning today, the outcome document of the HLMDD will be available and may be used to provide a blueprint for action to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of development for all!
Please check out the UN website on this important Day to learn more and for ideas on how you may participate.
You can also check out NFPA's free fire safety educational materials for people with disabilities, including our Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide.