Today, 3rd December is recognised globally as the United Nations' (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities and promotes awareness and support for critical issues concerning the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. The theme for 2015 is Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities.
"The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society. By promoting empowerment, real opportunities for people are created. This enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities. Empowerment involves investing in people - in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities."
United Nations, 2015