International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) is a United Nations-sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally on 3 December. The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The main programme of the observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the UN Headquarters in New York will include the Opening, panel discussions and cultural events. Member States, civil society organizations and the private sector are welcome to organize their own events to celebrate the International Day to raise awareness and promote the rights and perspectives of persons with disabilities around the world.
Behavioral Health providers may be interested in checking out these additional resources for supporting persons with disabilities:
- TIP 29: Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People With Physical and Cognitive Disabilities
- Recovery in Special Emphasis Populations: Leveling the Playing Field
- Breaking Down Barriers to Treatment: Reaching Parity for Rural Clients with Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders and Serious Mental Illness
- New from SAMHSA: Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults With Serious Mental Illness
- Developing Your Cultural Competence: A New Training for Behavioral Health Professionals