International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2015

3 December, 2015

5 year old Nirmal had very poor vision and was identified by CBR staff of CBM partner Biratnagar Eye Hospital in Nepal during an eye screening camp at his school. After a comprehensive assessment of his eyes he was provided with customized glasses.

5 year old Nirmal had very poor vision and was identified by CBR staff of CBM partner Biratnagar Eye Hospital in Nepal during an eye screening camp at his school. After a comprehensive assessment of his eyes he was provided with customized glasses.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), also known as World Disability Day is annually observed on 3 December each year. This Day aims to promote an awareness of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Theme for 2015

Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities

When spoken about in terms of disability, ‘inclusion’ means the concept of everybody – irrelevant of any kind of ability – being accepted into society without pity, restriction or limitation.

The estimated one billion people living with disabilities globally face many barriers to inclusion in key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society the same way others do. Transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation remain a distant dream.
The exclusion of any individual from society affects not only this person and their family, but also the economic and social development of their entire community – a significant reservoir of human potential has gone untapped.

CBM advocates for equal rights of persons with disabilities in society and seeks to support healthcare, educational, rehabilitative and income generation services designed to maximise their quality of life. CBM aims to promote inclusion and make comprehensive healthcare, education and rehabilitation services available and accessible to the estimated one billion people in the world experiencing disability.

For people living in poverty with disability, like Lai from Cambodia, access to services that help break down barriers

For people living in poverty with disability, like Lai from Cambodia, access to services that help break down barriers – such as education, employment and healthcare – can assist in promoting the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities in their families and their communities.

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