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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world.

The theme for this year’s International Day is Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.

During times of a disaster, often times the disabled are forgotten or crucial measures needed to mitigate the dangers and how they may be affected are implemented on a minimal level or not at all.

As we observe this day. We encourage you to be reach out to someone you know with a disability. Whether they be a family member, coworker or neighbor. Helping them prepare for the likelihood of disaster that we all know can occur at any time.

This year’s objectives include assessing the current status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and SDGs and laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for persons with disabilities.

The observance of the 2016 IDPD coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the CRPD – one of the most quickly and widely ratified international treaties put forth by the United Nations to date.

Locally, the ODPM has partnered with the Digicel Trinidad and Tobago Foundation in equipping not just individuals with disabilities but also their caregivers with various skills, knowledge needed to help them prepare for and  response to various disasters. Feel free to visit the link below to view the implementation of the initiative.

ODPM partners Digicel Foundation


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