International Year of Disabled Persons
- International Year of Disabled Persons
The year 1981 was proclaimed the International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP) by the United Nations. It called for a plan of action with an emphasis on equalization of opportunities, rehabilitation and prevention of disabilities. The theme of IYDP was "full participation and equality", defined as the right of persons with disabilities to take part fully in the life and development of their societies, enjoy living conditions equal to those of other citizens, and have an equal share in improved conditions resulting from socio-economic development.
A major outcome of the International Year of Disabled Persons was the formulation of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1982.
The International Decade of Disabled Persons ran from 1983 to 1993. It was closed by a speech in the General Assembly by Dr. Robert R. Davila, then an Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education.
December 3 each year, since 1998, is identified by the United Nations as the International Day of Disabled Persons.
* [http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/disiydp.htm United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, IYDP]
* [http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/diswpa00.htm United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons (overview)]
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