World marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Every year on the 3rd of December the world marks the International Day of Disabled Persons.

The annual occasion was started in 1992 by the United Nations, aiming to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development.

The theme of this year’s event is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

Currently there are over one billion people in the world that have some form of disability. That’s one in seven. Of those more than 100 million disabled persons are children. Research shows children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled kids.

In China, the number of disabled people is nearly 85 million. Each year nearly 200,000 babies are born with disabilities.

In 2014, the Chinese government implemented a special education promotion plan, aimed at creating education opportunities for the disabled. Since then about 11000 people with disabilities have been able to attend schools and colleges.


Quick Facts

  • Out of 7 billion people in the world, over 1 billion people in the world have some form of disability, 1 in every 7 people is disabled.
  • More than 100 million disabled people are children.
  • Children with disabilities are almost four times more likely to experience violence than non-disabled kids
  • 80 percent of all people with disabilities live in developing nations.
  • 50 percent of disabled people cannot afford healthcare.

Did you also know that:

  • Rehabilitation helps to maximise functioning and support independence of people living with disabilities.
  • People with disabilities can live and participate in the community.
  • Disability barriers can be overcome.
  • More than 170 countries and regional integration organisations have signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which promotes and ensures which ensures the human rights for all people with disabilities.