International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2018

November 30, 2018

On December 3, we recognize the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), a time to promote understanding of disability issues and to show support and respect for the well-being and rights of persons with disabilities.

The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 in 1992. 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 on the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life."

This year the United Nations set the IDPD theme "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality." The International Day will focus on ways in which persons with disabilities contribute to eradicate all forms of discrimination and intolerance against them, and will promote the equitable and sustainable development envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This year the United Nations will also launch the first UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development on the “Realization of the Sustainable Development Goals by, for and with persons with disabilities”.

ONA’s Human Rights and Equity Team has prepared a series of frequently asked question (FAQ) tip sheets to address a variety of human rights issues including “Accommodating Employees with Disabilities in the Workplace.” This document (available here in English and French) helps to define what  constitutes a disability (in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code) and answers important questions about the employer's duty to accommodate and the process for requesting accommodation.

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ONA strives to be an inclusive and equitable organization that recognizes the diversity of our membership. If you have any questions about human rights you can leave a confidential message with the Human Rights and Equity Team and they will be happy to connect with you. You can visit the team’s webpage for contact information. Please note that team members do not provide labour relations advice- you should contact your Bargaining Unit President for any labour relations issues.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission has resources, information and the latest developments in Ontario human rights issues.

The United Nations offers a look back at previous IDPD celebrations and has tips for how to commemorate IDPD 2018.