42e UN - International Day Of Persons With Disabilities

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(deze lijst is gebaseerd op de allereerste Wereld Gehandicapten Dag in Nederland)

Pas sinds 2008 wordt de Wereld Gehandicapten Dag in Nederland georganiseerd dit zijn de thema van UN – International Day Of Persons with Disabilities. Klik op een van de onderstaande of bovenstaande links voor meer informatie:

Dit zijn de thema’s in de voorgaande jaren

Thema: Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development

Aruba: The Day will be commemorated with a 2-mile walk, ending at Palm Beach Plaza, where students of the School for the Deaf will “sing” the Aruban anthem in Sign Language. The event will be opened by the Minister of Social Affairs, with an introduction of the organizers. Care takers will be recognized and awarded a pin, as well as a gift certificate to a beauty salon, where persons with disabilities will hold a fashion show along with a performance by deaf singers and live music. More information: Platform Rights of Persons with a Handicap,

Austria: The Austrian National Council together with Light for the World will hold an event on Friday, 2 December 2011 at the Austrian Parliament focusing on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in development cooperation to mark the Day. The panel discussion under the title “Development Cooperation – all inclusive?” Towards Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” will bring together experts on inclusive development from developing countries, Members of Parliament, the EC delegation in Austria, civil society organizations, media and government representatives. More information:

Australia: 1. As part of the celebrations to mark the Day, the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) will hold an art exhibition on different days at 2 venues in Victoria at CBM, 2nd Floor area: 56 Rutland Road, Box Hill  (on December 5th & 6th) and World Vision, 1 Vision Drive, Burwood East (7 and 8 December). The exhibit will include artists with disabilities who live in Australia, whose work will be presented along with complimentary case studies that reflect the different opportunities for persons with disabilities living in developing countries.  More information:
2.  The ‘End the Cycle’ Campaign (of poverty and disability) is having an event in Sydney’s Martin Place (the big open space in the city centre) from 12-2pm. This public event will celebrate people with disabilities and share the message about disability in development – speakers include:  Sam Cawthorn (Young Australian of the Year TAS 2009), Dr Tom Shakespeare (Disability and Rehabilitation Team, World Health Organisation), a UNICEF delegate, Tim Harris (Triple J unearthed artist), Canos (eight piece folk band) -as well as the END THE CYCLE photo exhibition.  For more information follow the link to:

Belgium: The World Health Organisation and the World Bank and the NGO CBM is planning the European launch event of the World Report on Disability. The event “Dialogue: World Report on Disability” will host a debate around the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) and the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. This event will provide an opportunity for different stakeholders to discuss the inclusion of persons with disability in all development programmes and policies. The event will be held at the European Parliament on the 7th of December and hosted by MEP Adâm Kôsa. More information:

Bosnia and Herzegovina: An “Employer of the Year for Persons with Disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, a high profile campaign aimed at promotion of equal opportunities, will be organized by Landmine Survivors Initiatives along with the Centre for Development and Support and Web portal The campaign hopes to change perceptions and attitudes about persons with disabilities in the workplace by promoting their capacities and achievements. On Friday,  2 December, in Sarajevo, model employers will promote and share their experiences and employment practices in four specific categories: small, medium, big and public enterprises. More information:

Canada: 1. The Canadian Paralympic Committee will host a Parasport Festival in partnership with Sport Nova Scotia and Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax on Saturday, 3 December from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will include wheelchair basketball, para-athletics, goallball and boccia! People interested in getting involved as a participant, coach, volunteer, official, guide or classifier, or a parent, teacher or health care provider who can connect someone to parasport. More information: Laura Ferris, Coordinator, Recruitment Program Support, Phone: 613-569-4333 x233.
2. In the Region of Peel, Ontario, a complimentary Business Breakfast Symposium will be held at the Embassy Grand Convention Centre to provide the business community with tools and information to help implement inclusive and equal services for all customers. Local Government officials will speak on legislation and requirements, while others from the corporate sector will provide insight on making businesses more accessible for persons with disabilities. The event will conclude with a networking session and a trade show displaying information of resources available for businesses to help them comply with local disability legislation. More information: Tel: (905-791-7800);

India: In the Churachandpur District of Maipur state, Government officials will conduct a sensitization and training programme for District Level Officers and community based organizations on national legislation, schemes and programmes for persons with disabilities. More information: Tel: +91-3874 236741;

Kosovo: In Prishtina on 2 December from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. , the Ombudsperson of the Institution of Kosovo will organize a Round table discussion entitled “Stop Discrimination – Equality for All” along with civil society participants and other stakeholders on issues related to persons with disabilities, challenges and achievements in the field of education, employment and the freedom of movement for persons with disabilities in Kosovo. More

Every year, since 2008, Stichting Gdag has commemorated the Day with a “National Wereldgehandicaptendag” that includes debates, duels (sports), dinner and dancing. Conducted in several cities throughout the Netherlands, people can participate in a wheelchair-boxing clinic, a blind-running clinic, a swim clinic and blind-bowling in Rotterdam, visit a museum in Groningen, join in horse-riding and attend a wall-cimbing clinic in Amsterdam, participate in a wheelchair-tennis clinic in Purmerend and many more events. More information:; Erik Van Loon at +3185 785 5403 or

New Zeeland: The Wellington City Council in partnership with the Accessibility Advisory Group will launching the draft Accessibility Action Plan 2011-2014 at the Accessible Wellington Forum.  The Council will also conduct a range of activities to encourage a wider community involvement through an accessible consultation and engagement process. More information:

Philippines: The Great  Physician Rehabilitation Foundation, an NGO that works with people with disabilities in the eastern part of Negros Island in Central Philippines, in partnership with the local Government of the province of Negros Oriental, will be holding the first-ever provincial seminar on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for Government officials, and heads of local agencies for persons with disabilities. The event will be followed by a 2-day leadership seminar for members of the Ten  Outstanding Persons with Disabilities Alumni Community that will work to empower and help build the capacity of local persons with disabilities in leadership positions. More information: or Florenda Ogabang +63 35 4228308.

United Kingdom: 1. A launch of Disability and Development Partner’s (DDP) report on Deaf Children in Burundi – their Education and Communication Needs that was developed in collaboration with deaf people, school children, teachers and parents in Burundi, as well as with Aurora Deaf Aid Africa – a Diaspora group based in the UK. The event will be held on Saturday, 3 December, 2 to 5 p.m. at  The Lewis Suite, London Voluntary Sector Resource Centre, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA. Tel: +44 20 7697 4000 (5 mins walk from Holloway Road station, Piccadilly line).
2. The Cottsway Housing in the West Oxfordshire District will hold an ‘Advisory Day’. Local and national service providers will on hand to answer questions on understanding benefits and available services for persons with disabilities and their carers. FREE head and feet massages, nail therapy sessions, arm chair exercises, refreshments and much more. Local shops will join in by providing refreshments and prizes for the free draw, as well as receive comments from shoppers with disabilities as to how they can work with them to make their shopping experience a pleasurable one.

United States: Variety the Children’s Charity provides much needed assistance to children with mobility concerns. This year to commemorate the Day, Variety Tents in Los Angeles and other areas such as Southern California, Northern California, The Desert, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Detroit, Greater Kansas City, St. Louis, Buffalo and Western New York, Texas and Wisconsin, will provide children with disabilities a bike to fit their needs. The organization will also coordinate a nationwide effort to provide communities and local supporters with a practical way to improve accessibility and mobility for children with disabilities. More information: