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UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Emma Emma | 14:54 UK time, Thursday, 2 December 2010

The UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place tomorrow, December 3rd.

This global nod towards recognition of the rights of disabled people was inspired by the International Year of the Disabled Person, 1981. Each year the day focuses on something different. 2010 is all about inclusion of disabled people in development.

The official bit at UN headquarters will include discussions on community based rehabilitation in the developing world and how disabled people might become more involved with policy making, wherever they are on earth.

Outside of the UN, events will take place all over the world to mark the day. Wheelchair tango demonstrations are planned for Holland and the DaDaFest awards ceremony happens in Liverpool tomorrow evening. But the prize for most international offering has to go to British artist Simon McKeown. His work, Motion Disabled, will be screened in 17 cities across the globe including Kolkata in India, Pristina (Kosovo) and New York.

Will the International Day of Persons with Disabilities pass you by? Or are you planning an event to mark the occasion? Let us know in the comments below.



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