International Day of Persons with Disabilities (03/12)

In 1992, at the end of the United Nations Decade of Persons with Disabilities (1983-1992), the UN General Assembly, by its resolution 47/3, proclaimed December 3 as the International Day of Disabled Persons, with the aim of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in all spheres of public life, as well as attracting the attention of the general public to the problems of people with disabilities.

This decade has been a period of awareness-raising and action to improve the situation of persons with disabilities and provide them with equal opportunities. Later, the UN General Assembly called on UN Member States to hold annual events to commemorate the Day, with a view to further integrating persons with disabilities into society.

A disability is a medical condition or a seriously impaired bodily function that significantly limits or restricts an individual's capabilities in the context of standard norms for certain groups. The term is often used to refer to individual bodily functions, including physical disabilities, sensory impairments, cognitive impairments, intellectual impairments, mental illnesses, and various types of chronic illnesses.