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December 3, 2017 marks the 25th year the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)

Dear friends and colleagues:

December 3, 2017 marks the 25th year the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD).

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to consider holding an event to celebrate IDPD, or promoting the IDPD via social media. While IDPD is Sunday, December 3rd this year, celebrations and events typically also fall on days leading up to, and following December 3rd. Also, please consider sharing this with your own networks to encourage others to celebrate IDPD. The Government of Canada is developing plans to celebrate IDPD and to renew our dedication to removing barriers to the full participation of Canadians with disabilities in all aspects of society. The purpose of IDPD is to: · promote an understanding of disability issues; · mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of people with disabilities; and, · increase awareness of the value of integrating people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life. IDPD provides an opportunity to help bring attention to the need for culture change in Canada to transform the way we think, talk, and act about accessibility and inclusion.

Following from an email we sent out in July, it would be helpful to know of any plans your organization has for celebrating IDPD this year. Please provide information on your planned activities directly to Bruce Tate ( Thanks to those of you who have already taken this step! Finally, be sure to check our Twitter and Facebook accounts for breaking news!

Many thanks.

Krista Wilcox, Director General/Directrice Générale, Office of Disability Issues/Bureau de la condition des personnes handicapées, Employment and Social Development Canada/Ministère de l’Emploi et du Développement social


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