Today, the world population is over 7 billion people and more than one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability; 80 per cent live in developing countries.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at every level of society and development and raises awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
TU Dublin will mark this day by taking part in the ‘Purple Light Up’ where some of our buildings will turn purple across our five locations, including Grangegorman, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. Our University community can also mark this day by wearing purple, so dig out that purple skirt, jumper, scarf, socks etc. and support all ‘Persons with Disabilities’ this Friday.
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The theme for IDPD this year is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”