Poster - International Day of Persons with Disabilities

 

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated annually on December 3rd. Every year, Manitoba joins people across the world in promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life, including political, social, economic, and cultural. The United Nations theme in 2020 is; "Not all disabilities are visible."

 


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.

Evidence and experience show that when barriers are removed and persons with disabilities are empowered to participate, the whole community benefits. When societies put a priority on accessibility and inclusion, the result is progress for everyone.

For more information, please visit: https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-of-persons-with-disabilities

 


The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Convention) was adopted in 2006.  Canada ratified the Convention four years later in 2010 and its Optional Protocol twelve years later, in 2018.  The Convention's 50 articles offer an action plan for people with disabilities to be guaranteed the rights set out in other United Nations human rights instruments.  

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes the role of barriers in limiting or preventing access and inclusion of people with disabilities in their societies. Rather than define "disability," the Convention states that it is an evolving concept that "results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others."

Accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities are fundamental rights recognized by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention seeks to enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life and development.  Article 9 specifically addresses accessibility. It calls upon States Parties to take appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to all aspects of society, on an equal basis with others, as well as to identify and eliminate obstacles and barriers to accessibility.
For more information, please visit: https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-of-persons-with-disabilities/background 

See also Plain Language version of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol.


 

International Day of Persons with Disabilities Webinar

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

A free webinar hosted by the Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office (DIO)
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. CDT.

Details: The Disabilities Issues Office will be hosting a webinar in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Manitoba 150. Learn about Manitoba's contribution to national and international human rights, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with special guest, human rights lawyer Yvonne Peters. This year's event includes the announcement of the winners of the 2020 Manitoba Accessibility Awards (MBAA).

The webinar will be presented in English with ASL Interpretation and captioning. Please indicate whether you require other disability accommodations during registration.


Register at: https://idpd2020.eventbrite.ca 

Webinar Highlights

  • Greetings from the Manitoba Government
  • Special guest human rights lawyer Yvonne Peters reflects on Manitobans' contribution to the human rights of persons with disabilities.
  • Presentation of the winners of the 2020 Manitoba Accessibility Awards (MBAA)

If you have further questions, or concerns, please contact the Disabilities Issues Office at:

dio@gov.mb.ca
(204) 945 - 7613
1-800-282-8069 (Ext. 7613) (toll-free)