Celebrated on 3rd December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, is designed to raise awareness about the rights of those with disabilities as well as to remind the world of the many abilities in the world. Disabilities, more often called ‘different abilities’, are broadly defined to including physical, cognitive and learning disabilities of varying levels of severity.
Around 10 percent of the world’s population, or 650 million people, live with some form of disability. More than 400 million of those with disabilities live in developing countries like India, and there is a strong link between disability and poverty.
In 2008 the United Nations held the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and noted that the International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
“Its a time to make a renewed commitment to these principles of dignity and justice…All human beings are not only entitled to rights, but also have the responsibility of making universal human rights a reality for all of us.”
Sangath is the state nodal agency for the National Trust for Persons with Autism, Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Disabilities. The child development team works strongly to build awareness, skills and inclusion for children with disability.
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