Today’s the day: UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

UN_logo.gif“Keeping the promise: Mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals towards 2015 and beyond”

Each year the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is marked on the 3rd December. A bit of a mouthful as titles go, but all the same a very important date in the diary, especially for those whose lives are affected by disability.

The day aims to help improve people’s understanding of disability related issues, with a focus on the rights of people living with disabilities, as well as their political, social, economic and cultural inclusion.

The day is based on four themes of getting involved: include, organise, celebrate and take action!

Having trawled the web, there has certainly been plenty going on. Here’s our pick of the bunch, here in the UK:

In the arts world, today has been marked in a number of ways including:

The global synchronised screening of an animated art work produced by Simon McKeown of Teesside University. The film entitled “Motion Disabled” creates a unique record of people with different body forms and movements. The premise behind the film is to “present images of different body forms and movement stripped of their social baggage. It allows the viewer to see disability in a neutral way and questions society’s headlong rush to normality, prompting the question: Do we value difference?”

You can watch the film below and please do let us know what you think:

You can also watch this video complete with audio description here.

Other events include:

AccessAbility Art exhibition held on 3rd December at the University of Greenwich, London (4.30pm – 7pm).

Disability Film Festival Day held on 3rd December at The Public, West Bromwich (10am – 6pm).

logo-ucl.pngYesterday, University College London (UCL) held a Lunch Hour Lecture entitled “The Missing 650 Million?”, referring to the the 650 million people worldwide living with disabilities, was given by Dr Maria Kett from UCL Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre. This lecture was made available as a live web steam and the archived footage is yet to be released, but as soon as it does become available we’ll make sure we share it with you!

lclogo.gifOther activities taking place to mark today have included the launch of a book called “Poverty and Disability” by Leonard Cheshire Disability, as well as numerous community organised events and information days. Unfortunately, there are far too many to mention here, but we’d love to hear from you, whether you attended an event or held one yourself. Just let us know about it in the comments box below. Thanks!

Team EbD x