December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, established in 1992. It is marked by the United Nations which designates many International Days, “to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity.” According to the UN, over 1 billion people in the world identify as having a disability, that’s 1 in 7, making the disability community the largest minority population.
The intention of the day is to promote the rights of people with disabilities around the world. On the UN website, it states about the day, “It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.”
Currently, the UN is working on a Disability Inclusion Strategy. Read more about it: https://www.un.org/en/content/disabilitystrategy/