ANCOR and its individual providers of supports to individuals with disabilities throughout the world will join in recognition of December 3, 2011 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
This year’s theme is "Together for a Better World for All: Including Persons with Disabilities in Development."
Today, there are an estimated one billion people globally with disabilities—about 15 percent of the world's population. Eighty percent of people with disabilities in the world today live in developing countries.
The World Health Organization and the World Bank's recent World Report on Disability highlights these findings, and the report asserts that people with disabilities are less likely to have access to education, health care services, employment, transportation services and information.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a treaty that the United States has signed and may soon consider ratifying, calls upon states’ parties to promote the participation of disability civil society in local, national and international venues.
For more information, visit the United States International Council on Disabilities’ website.