International Day of Persons With Disabilities 2018: This Year's Theme Focuses on 'Inclusiveness and Equality' of Persons With Disabilities
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International Day of Disabled Persons is observed on December 3 to promote rights and well-being of the persons with disabilities. The United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 47/3 in 1992. The day aims to increase awareness of disabilities in social, cultural, economic and political life. The theme of International Day of Disabled Persons 2018 is 'empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality'. It is a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which pledges to "leave no one behind".

Various events creating awareness of the day will be held at UN Headquarters today. The programs will discuss future inclusive, equitable and sustainable development for people with disabilities. It will be attended by member states, UN entities, Mayors, national and local policy makers, civil society organizations, academic institutes and organizations of persons with disabilities. Here are the events listed for the day at UNHQ in relation to World Disability Day 2018. Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller Breaks the Barriers for Physical Disabilities.

The UN says, "Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast-track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development and promote resilient society for all, including in the context of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action, and urban development. Governments, persons with disabilities and their representative organisations, academic institutions and the private sector need to work as a 'team' to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)." Robot Waiters To Serve People At Restaurant Run By The Disabled in Japan (Watch Video)

Ahead of Viklang Diwas, India's HRD ministry has told schools to reimburse transport expenditure of children with disabilities. Other than transportation to school, Minister of State for HRD Satyapal Singh said that amount spent on uniforms and books will also be covered. Across countries, various events have been organised to create awareness and to spread the message of inclusion.