Did you know that 1 in 7 people around the world have a disability? This Saturday (3rd of December) is the International Day of People with Disability. It’s an annual event, supported by the United Nations, which started in 1992. Since that time the event has grown to include countries all around the world. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of issues around disability and celebrate the achievement of people with disability.
Each year the UN picks a theme which aims to break down any barriers which prevent people with disability from taking part in all aspects of society, and in promoting a more inclusive society. The theme this year is ‘Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want’ and marks the recent adoption of 17 sustainable development goals by the UN. These goals are international targets which aim to reduce inequality, hunger and poverty by the year 2030 including addressing issues around disability inequality. We think this is a fantastic opportunity to discuss issues around disability with your pupils and help to make them aware of this important event.
Visit the United Nations website to find out more about the day and events going on around the world. Plus there’s lots of resources around the topic of disability that could be useful in the classroom or school assembly.