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IDPwD 2012

Let us all join hands to remove barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all. Together we can!

December 3, 2012 – On the 20th anniversary the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we called attention to the importance of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and to mobilise support to build a more inclusive society.

People with disabilities remain one of the largest overlooked minorities in the world.

People with disabilities remain one of the largest overlooked minorities in the world. Over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. This includes around 93 million children with disabilities who face discrimination in every aspect of their lives.

The theme of the 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities was “Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all” and UNICEF asked partners to join efforts to make this a reality.

Barriers for children with disabilities and their families exist in different forms, including for example through negative attitudes, policies and legislations which discriminate and are not inclusive, or when the physical environment is not accessible. Whether it is being accepted in school or on the playground, accessing health services, basic nutrition or being included in emergency response, children with disabilities encounter barriers on an everyday basis, which prevent them from participating equally in the society. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which came into force in 2008 recognises that often these barriers are more disabling than an individual’s impairment itself.
In the words of UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake, “Imagine a world where all children are included…involved. Where their talents are celebrated…where their contributions are recognized. Where they count. That is the world towards which UNICEF is working.”

UNICEF is working around the world in partnership with governments, donors, UN agencies, civil society organisations, and organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), towards creating an inclusive and accessible society for children with disabilities. UNICEF believes that an inclusive society will benefit not only children and adults with disabilities, but the entire population.

To get a glimpse of how UNICEF is creating a difference for children with disabilities in countries please visit:

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