International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December

IDPD

by: Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda

 

Theme for 2015: Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities

 

The observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

 

Since 2009, our colleagues at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs organize a film festival as a part of the events at UN Headquarters to commemorate the Day. The United Nations Enable Film Festival (UNEFF) includes short disability-related films selected on the basis of their content and message that can help raise awareness of disability issues and further promote the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society. We believe that films have the potential to touch people and make them see people with disabilities as whole people, whose lives can be fulfilling and rich, like anyone else.

 

Since 2015, the Department of Economic and Social Affair organizes a Photo Exhibition. The UN Enable Photo Exhibition will work to help change misperceptions to counter stigma and stereotyping about persons with disabilities. It will also promote a better understanding about disability issues and present persons with disabilities as individuals that are a part of our human diversity. We are excited to see the pictures selected.

Since the first event was held, many themes have been covered. Previous years included focused engagement and mobilization of efforts around important topics. These topics are listed below, themes for previous years:

 

Our team at World Enabled / Pineda Foundation has since 1998 been heavily engaged in promoting a world without unnecessary barriers, a world where everyone can achieve their potential, regardless of whether or not they may have a disability. We wanted to celebrate the international day of disability with a few of our favorite photos of our global partnership and dialogues. Please share this post and encourage others to commit themselves towards working with us to realize a world of potential.

 

Title of Photograph: Building an inclusive future

Photographer Credit: Rouyi Jiang / World Enabled

Description: The UN Conference of States Parties is the world’s largest global gathering of disability and human rights advocates, scholars and practitioners. This is a photo taken during the 7th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD depicts three participants discussing youth leadership and Brazil’s efforts to implement the CRPD. The three participants include a woman seated in a wheelchair with bright red hair, a woman standing up with her arms on her sides, and a man sitting in an electric wheelchair and using a ventilator across the table in front of them.

 

Title of Photograph: Building an inclusive future

Photographer Credit: Rouyi Jiang / World Enabled

Description: The UN Conference of States Parties is the world’s largest global gathering of disability and human rights advocates, scholars and practitioners. This is a photo taken during the 7th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD depicts three men from different ages and ethnic backgrounds sitting in a semi-circle discussing a pending intervention on the floor of the conference room. Two men are listening to Mr. Javid Abidi from India (right, sitting in a manual wheelchair, wearing grey slacks, and striped brown sweater). The two men are Dr. Victor Pineda from Venezuela/USA (left, sitting in an electric wheelchair, wearing a black suit and using ventilator) and Kalle Konkolla from Finland (middle, sitting in an electric wheelchair wearing a black shirt and black hat.

 

Title of Photograph: Cross cultural exchanges on CRPD Implementation

Photographer Credit: World Enabled / Dubai School of Government

Description: During the 2009 Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government Alumni Event, Dr. Victor Pineda engages local participants in a discussion on the development of disability rights laws in the GCC region. Three men wearing white traditional dress gather around a man using a ventilator and sitting in an electric wheelchair wearing a black suit.

 

Dr. Victor Pineda is the President of World ENABLED, Chancellor’s Research Fellow, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a leading global expert on disability rights, policy, planning and design and has worked closely with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, World Bank, United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF, and cabinet level officials in the UAE, Qatar, Venezuela, and Serbia among others to develop policies and programs that include persons with disabilities as equal stakeholders in development. Dr. Pineda is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) innovative research grant, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Tom Clausen Fellowship for Business and Policy, and the Paul G. Hearne Award. Dr. Pineda holds a Ph.D. from the Luskin School for Public Affairs at the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, a B.A. in Political Economy, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley.
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