International Day of Persons with Disabilities

2017 Theme:

"Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all."

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is an annual observance, proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to:

  • Promote the rights & well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development

  • Increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

You can learn more about IDPD on the United Nations website.

If you are interested in celebrating, check out some of the events being held in Ontario below!

IDPD Events in Ontario

KITCHENER: Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region invites you to join our celebration of International Day of People with Disability on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017. This year we will celebrate by raising our voices and honoring the stories that make us unique.

Celebration includes a free lunch and Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Susan Ksiezopolski. Susan Ksiezopolski is an accomplished Canadian author and an expert facilitator in creative writing workshops. Susan believes, “Everyone has a right to have their voice heard.”

LONDON: The Independent Living Centre London and Area is holding a Swiss Chalet luncheon on December 5, 2017. (Register in advance). There will be information posted about International Day of People with Disabilities.

OTTAWA: Planning underway for a half day ( 2 workshops -TBC) and an Open House for invitees to come and meet our members and staff from 2 to 5 pm. An evening holiday party 530 to 8 pm Possibly an official recognition and declaration signing 3:30 – 4:00 pm.

KINGSTON: We will be inviting members, affiliates, and community members into our Centre to celebrate ways our community has contributed to the sustainability and resiliency of Canadian society. Light refreshments will be offered to all that wish to celebrate with us. Articles pertaining to recent, local stories of people with disabilities overcoming barriers and contributing to a resilient society will be posted on the walls for discussion.

THUNDER BAY: Flag Raising at City Hall with Proclamation signing and an Open House at the Independent Living Resource Centre Thunder Bay.

KAPUSKASING: Volunteer luncheon (by invitation only) and afternoon get together at the Disability Resource Centre for Independent Living.

SUDBURY: In celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Independent Living Sudbury Manitoulin invite you to join them for their 9th Annual Persons with Disabilities Breakfast, on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7am at the Holiday Inn Georgian Rooms D&E, 1696 Regent Street, Sudbury, Ontario. Guest Speaker: Dr. Steve Daniel. RSVP by November 27th

TORONTO: Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) collaborating with the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Toronto Chapter, Balance for Blind Adults, Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO), CNIB GTA, Magnet (online job-matching platform for people with disabilities), National Education Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) will be celebrating: International Day of Persons with Disabilities Toronto.

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017 Time: 2 – 4 PM Location: Metro Hall, 55 John St., Rooms 308 and 309

Program includes:

  • Presentation from Susan Picarello, Assistant Deputy Minister, Accessibility and Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities

  • Panelists from employment agencies and employers highlighting initiatives, programs and partnerships that increase the employment of persons with disabilities.

  • Networking with employment agencies and employers

For more information, or requests to attend, be on the panel, or to have a display table at the event, please contact Yin Brown at

Check out the IL Canada website for a full list of IDPD events across Canada.


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