By Dr Sarah Reedman – PhD BPhty (Hons), Q Paediatrics Paediatrician
International Day of People with Disability
The International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPD, also known as International Day of People with Disability, IDPwD in Australia) is observed on December 3rd each year. The day was first proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations in 1992 to promote an understanding of issues that people with a disability may experience, while calling for support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
Why should we ‘build back better’?
The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Building Back Better”. One of the many issues that the COVID-19 Pandemic laid bare was the many systematic inequalities that are faced by people with disabilities. For this reason, this year’s theme calls for working toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 world.