International Day of People with Disabilities

Each year on 3 December, join Sightsavers and play your part in creating a world where no one is left behind.

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International Day of People with Disabilities is celebrated on 3 December every year.

In 2023, the theme of the day is about uniting to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for, with and by people with disabilities. Everyone has a part to play, so join Sightsavers throughout December in taking global action for disability rights and inclusion.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, published 75 years ago, laid out everyone’s entitlement to basic rights, including work, education, health care and political processes. But there is still a long way to go to ensure that the world’s 1.3 billion people with disabilities can access these rights.

Without united action, nothing will change.

What is Sightsavers doing?

How can you take action?

Do you want to help us create an inclusive world? See how you can use your time, money or skills by reading our blueprint for inclusion.

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How to take action this December

Everyone has a part to play in creating a more equal world. Read our blueprint for inclusion and find out how you can help us ensure equal rights for everyone.

Read the blueprint

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How we celebrated in 2022

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