International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata.

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people – it includes all people. 

This year the Human Rights Commission is leading a nationwide campaign to generate engagement across New Zealand with the United Nations Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December 2016.  This is a day of celebration and focus for people with disabilities.

We encourage you to also join in with your friends and colleagues at your workplace or in the community. The international theme this year is: ‘Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want.’ 

“We can all help to realise the rights of disabled people by including them in our workplaces, in our schools and in our communities, lets all work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity.”  Disability Rights Commissioner, Paul Gibson.

Orange has been chosen for the colour of inclusion to celebrate 3 December and we are all wearing orange wristbands with ‘Inclusion Matters – 3 Dec’ to signal to others that we are celebrating the inclusion of disabled people into all areas of life and are holding 'Inclusion Matters' morning teas in our offices. Bands are free and can be ordered by emailing: [email protected]

Ways you can celebrate IPDP

Include: Observance of the Day provides opportunities for participation by all stakeholders to focus on issues related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development, both as beneficiaries and agents of change.

Organise: Hold an 'Inclusion Matters' Morning Tea on the 3rd of December. You can also hold forums, public discussions and information campaigns in support of the themes of IDPD to find innovative and promising ways in which technology can lead to a greater inclusion and integration of persons with disabilities in the lives of their societies.

Celebrate: We are all wearing orange wrist-bands with ‘Inclusion Matters – 3 Dec’ to signal to others that we are celebrating the inclusion of disabled people into all areas of life. Bands can be freely ordered by emailing: [email protected].

Take Action: A major focus of the Day is practical action to highlight how that year's theme can impact the inclusion and contribution of persons with disabilities in social life and development on the basis of equality. Highlight best practices, innovative technological solutions for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in their societies.

IDPD Theme

The theme for this year’s International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. This year’s objectives include assessing the current status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and SDGs and laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities.

Observance of the 2016 IDPD coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD – one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the United Nations to date.

The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation. The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society.

IDPD History

The International Year of Disabled Persons 1981

In 1976, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons.[2] It called for a plan of action at the national, regional and international levels, with an emphasis on equalization of opportunities, rehabilitation and prevention of disabilities.

The theme of IYDP was "full participation and equality", defined as the right of persons with disabilities to take part fully in the life and development of their societies, enjoy living conditions equal to those of other citizens, and have an equal share in improved conditions resulting from socio-economic development.

United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons 1983-1992

To provide a time frame during which Governments and organizations could implement the activities recommended in the World Programme of Action, the General Assembly proclaimed 1983-1992 the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons. 

Orange was selected as the colour of inclusion for the IDPD. 

Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson with HRC staff.

'Inclusion Matters' Morning Tea Event Posters

Download the event poster by clicking on the image below. 

Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson attended a IDPD youth event in Auckland. 

Chief Commissioner David Rutherford and some of the HRC team at the Attitude Awards

Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson sharing a laugh with Jade Farrar

Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson speaking with attendees at the IDPD youth event. 

An IDPD mural was unveiled in Antigua Street, Christchurch by Hon. Nicky Wagner

Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson in attendance at the Attitude Awards 

Attitude Awards Supreme winner, Muskan Devta celebrating her win with her family

Sailor Otis Horne picked up the Courage in Sport award at the Attitude Awards

Affinity Services staff wearing their 'Inclusion Matters' bracelets

The Spectrum Care Pacific Christmas Party got in behind the IDPD

The Onehunga Chinese Association wore their 'Inclusion Matters' wristbands while performing

Le Va, a Pasifika community organisation, really got in behind the IDPD campaign

The Le Va team looked awesome in orange! 

The SpectrumCares Christmas party also doubled as a day to celebrate the IDPD and show that inclusion matters

The HRC Auckland office 'Inclusion Matters' morning tea was impressively decked out in orange

HRC Wellington staff also pput on an 'Inclusion matters' morning tea in support of IPDP

The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation were another group supporting IDPD 2015

Orange was chosen as the colour of inclusion for IDPD 2015

Gap Filler volunteers in Christchurch also put on an 'Inclusion Matters' morning tea 

Auckland's Britomart transport centre, supported by TransDev, changed their displays to celebrate IDPD 2015

University of Canterbury, Human Rights: Agendas, Issues & the European Union students celebrate IDPD

MPs including Mojo Mathers, Nicky Wagner, and Marama Davidson wore 'Inclusion Matters' wristbands in support of IDPD 2015. 

Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson and Minister for Disability Issues, Hon. Nicky Wagner showing off their bracelets 

In order: Minister for Disability Issues, Hon. Nicky Wagner; HRC Disability Rights specialist, Erin Gough; Disability Rights Commissioner, Paul Gibson; and Sonia Thursbury, CEO of PHAB.  

BLENNZ Satellite Class and James Cook High held an 'Inclusion Matters' morning tea. The BLENNZ students showed the class some of their assistive technology and helped them to write their names in Braille.