International Day of People with Disabilities
The International Day of People with Disabilities, also known as World Disability Day has been commemorated annually since 1992 on 3rd December each year. This day aims to promote awareness and mobilise support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community and society.
As one of the leading representative organisations for people with disabilities in Ireland, Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) were delighted to mark this occasion alongside our 20,000 members. World Disability Day provides an opportunity to highlight the importance of the full inclusion and integration of people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The theme for 2015 World Disability Day is: “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”. This theme resonates strongly with the history and ethos of IWA. Over the past five decades IWA has supported thousands of Irish people with disabilities and other mobility impairments in their journey towards independence. The Association works together with members to develop services and supports, frequently adapting to new challenges, and has a shared belief in the potential of people to lead independent and full lives, regardless of physical limitations.
As Ireland marks the International Day of People with Disabilities, IWA hopes that issues which still affect our members on a daily basis will be considered such as; access to the built environment, housing provision and design, employment, education and transport all of which play a vital role in enabling people with disabilities to become active, participative and independent members of society.