Sheridan recognizes International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021
Published in the Sheridan Insider on December 1, 2021
December 3 is the annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly, this day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all areas of society and development, and to increase awareness of the experience of persons with disabilities in every facet of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The theme for this year is leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.
Did you know?
- One billion people, or approximately 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability
- One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life
- One in every 10 children is a child with a disability
- Approximately, 46% of people with disabilities are over age 60
Worldwide, persons with disabilities are among the hardest hit by COVID-19 and often overlooked.
- Watch the following video from the United Nations: “5 things to know about living with a disability during COVID-19”
- Read the Government of Canada’s information about COVID-19 and people with disabilities in Canada
- Find out more about virtual events taking place on December 3, offered both locally and internationally
For more information on understanding human rights, ableism and persons with disabilities contact the Centre for Equity and Inclusion, ext. 2229