The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (earlier International Day of Disabled Persons/World Disability Day) has been celebrated every year on 3rd December since 1992. Proclaimed and promoted by the United Nations, this international observance has marked the world over to intensify efforts aimed at sustained effective action with a view to improving the situation of persons with disabilities.
The celebrations are a means to come together, to debate and discuss the achievements of the disability sector and the way ahead. They provide a platform to engage other stakeholders, to share issues affecting people with disabilities and to work together to find and implement solutions to calibrate the way forward in a manner that ensures inclusion of people with disabilities in all future developments and policies adopted across Governments and the private sector.
We invite everyone – corporates, schools, colleges, universities, and others to join the many thousands of disabled people to walk in solidarity and in ‘Celebrating Inclusion’. The celebrations conclude with a short ‘Walk To Freedom’, symbolic of the work that yet needs to be done to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities into mainstream society, allowing them to live their life with dignity and equality.
Youth with disabilities often failed to voice their opinions and highlight their issues amongst the larger disability movement. To bridge this gap, NCPEDP had launched the NCYD to reach out to the youth with disabilities in the country.
The objective of the Convention is to expose the youth with disabilities to the social sector movement in India, including disability and other allied fields. This would help in identifying and inspiring the next generation leadership, not just in the Indian disability sector but across other sectors as well.
The Convention is held post an in-house survey of the top universities and colleges of India on the Status of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education. These universities and educational institutions are requested to nominate one male and one female student with disabilities for the Convention. The nominations go through a screening process and then the shortlisted candidates are invited to participate in the Convention. The Convention usually has around 50 – 75 participants from the top Universities and Colleges across the country and includes addresses and interactive sessions with well known voices of the social sector (including social entrepreneurs), senior leaders from the corporate world, bureaucrats and politicians to give a sense of direction to the disabled youth of our nation and to groom them into being ambassadors of change in whatever field they choose to enter after completing their education and in turn ensure that their stories help in creating more awareness and in breaking stereotypes of welfare and charity that are unfortunately still associated with disability in our society.