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International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)
December 2, 2022, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) with us Friday, December 2 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Atrium at City Hall (800 Macleod Trail SE Calgary, AB).
This year’s theme is “It’s more than just a roof over our heads. Shelter is a basic human need; accessible housing should be a basic human right.”
This free event features:
- Speaker, Ron Wickman, an architect specializing in barrier-free design,
- Musical performance by Calgary’s own Taylor Nile,
- Community vendors, artists, and networking opportunities, and
- Multiple giveaways!
We will have a booth at the event and look forward to greeting you in person!
More about International Day of Persons with Disabilities
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was introduced by the United Nations in 1992 to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements that people with disabilities contribute to our community.
Each year on December we celebrate IDPD to:
- Promote an understanding of disability issues
- Mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of people with disabilities
- Increase awareness of the value of integrating people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life
There is an estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide, and many face barriers to inclusion in key aspects of society like transportation, employment, education and social and political participation. The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society.
Raising awareness, promoting empowerment, and helping to create real opportunities for people with disabilities enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities. Empowerment involves investing in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities.