International Day of the Disabled

December 3 is International Day of the Disabled, the day set aside by the United Nations to celebrate and acknowledge the experience and capabilities of people with disabilities. It is being observed under the theme, “Decent Work and job opportunities for persons with disabilities”.
The Day was initially proclaimed in 1992 to commemorate the anniversary of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the General Assembly to promote understanding about disability issues and to increase awareness of the gains to be derived from integrating disabled persons into all aspects of political, social economic and cultural life.
In Ghana this year’s celebration starts with a walk through some streets in Accra, to be followed with a forum at the Teachers’ Hall, organised by the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD).
The GFD says the annual event, which brings together over 400 persons with disability (PWDs), aims at “creating a dialogue between PWDs and their partners, the government, media, and general public to evaluate the situation of PWDs and seek ways of mainstreaming disability issues into the national development agenda”.
It is expected that the implementation of the Disability Act will also be discussed. The Act, passed in August last year, calls for the establishment of a National Council on Persons with Disability, which has not yet been done.
More than half a billion persons worldwide are disabled as a result of mental, physical or sensory impairment and they are often limited by physical or social barriers.