The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3rd.
The annual observance of IDPD was proclaimed in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. IDPD aims to promote the rights and well-being of people with I/DD in all aspects of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with I/DD in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
2020 has been a year like no other. Through the obstacles we have all faced this year, we recognize both how far we have come and yet, what yet how much needs to be done to reach our dream of equal access to full community living. As global citizens, we have seen organizations and individuals expose and challenge systems that have unjustly affected disability communities around the world. We have seen positive change and great success in the disability community.
Today NACDD celebrates how far we have come in recognizing the full rights and acceptance of people of all abilities and we pledge today to continue to do all we can to advocate for people with I/DD and ensure that their voices are heard in every nation.