Rights Of Persons With Disabilities


The International Year of Disabled Persons 1981

In 1976, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons. It called for a plan of action at the national, regional and international levels, with an emphasis on equalization of opportunities, rehabilitation and prevention of disabilities.

The theme of IYDP was "full participation and equality", defined as the right of persons with disabilities to take part fully in the life and development of their societies, enjoy living conditions equal to those of other citizens, and have an equal share in improved conditions resulting from socio-economic development.

United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons 1983-1992

To provide a time frame during which Governments and organizations could implement the activities recommended in the World Programme of Action, the General Assembly proclaimed 1983-1992 the United Nations Decade of Disabled Persons.

Themes from previous years

  • 1999: "Accessibility for all for the new Millennium"

  • 2000: "Making information technologies work for all"

  • 2001: "Full participation and equality: The call for new approaches to assess progress and evaluate outcome"

  • 2002: "Independent Living and Sustainable Livelihoods"

  • 2004: "Nothing about Us, Without Us"

  • 2005: "Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Action in Development"

  • 2007: "Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities"

  • 2009: "Making the Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world"

  • 2010: "Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond"

  • 2011: "Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development"

  • 2012: "Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all"

  • 2013: "Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all"

There are Approx. 75 Million Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in India.

Life Care for the Disabled is now accepted Internationally as a matter of Human Right. In India also, two Important pieces of legislation, Viz. The Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 and the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999, have been passed. But rights and Facilities laid down in these Two Acts needs to be Publicized and Implemented through Awareness Campaigns to reach out to a vast Majority of the PWDs.

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