Today in History: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

| December 3, 2018

1024px-Disability_symbols.svgIn 1992 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 3rd an annual observance, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, “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.” The 2018 Theme, Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality, focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It is timely that this week we are hosting a book talk with Evelin Lindner, From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity; this theme is vital to International Day of Persons with Disabilities and one that plays out in various parts of the globe, including Europe, Asia, and Africa, via historical news coverage. The state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect with a sense of pride in oneself is a necessary condition for the well-being of our common humanity — and one that needs transcend whatever physical, mental, emotional challenges and disparities we may face.

Why we find a scarcity of articles about the annual observance in the United States is hard to say, but it points to the importance of increasing awareness on many levels and in many ways so that that initiatives are more consistently integrated, not just on December 3rd, but throughout the calendar year.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning:

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