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December 3, 2014 – The theme for this year’s International Day is Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology

Since 1992, the annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons 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 integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The observance of this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) provides an opportunity to further raise awareness of disability as a cross-cutting development issue. The theme of this year's commemoration, “Sustainable Development: The promise of technology” is timely, as it marks the conclusion of the period of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) in 2015 and the launching of the new development framework of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The 2014 commemoration of IDPD will work to harness the power of technology to promote inclusion and accessibility to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society and shape the future of sustainable development for all!

Three sub-themes chosen will focus on the promise of technology in:

  • Disability-Inclusive Sustainable Development Goals
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Responses
  • Creating Enabling Work Environments

To learn more about the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and how to commemorate it, please visit UN enable website 

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Kartik Sawhney addresses the audience at the UNICEF Activate Talk on “Youth with Disabilities and Innovation: Making the World Inclusive for ALL!

Inspirational Innovators

Here are just some of the inspirational innovators who are using technology to help children with disabilities fulfill their rights.

Kartik Sawhney

Technology is not only designed and created for people with disabilities, it is designed and created by people with disabilities. Kartik Sawhney was born in New Delhi and was blind from birth. As a student in mainstream schools, Sawhney became aware of his mother’s tremendous effort to ensure that his school materials were transcribed into braille. As a result, he turned to the computer to assist him with his studies.

More on this topic please read in 

UNICEF blog posted by Rosangela Berman Bieler, Chief of the Disability Section, UNICEF 




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