Dominica joins the rest of the world in observing International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) today.
The annual observance of the IDPwD on 3rd December was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution 47/3.
This year’s observance aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
Former Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) and Chairperson of the National Commission of Persons with Disabilities, Nathalie Murphy who spoke during a live interview on State-owned Radio DBS said part of today’s focus is to find innovative ways sports can be used in reducing inequality among persons with disabilities.
“The United Nations is asking the world to come together to find joint solutions to address these issues and try to find solutions to ensure that persons with disabilities can really live normal and rewarding lives,” she said.
Murphy called on Dominica in particular to pay attention to the issues affecting persons with disabilities.
“Unfortunately we didn’t organize any elaborate observation this year because of various reasons, but all we are asking is that world and Dominica in particular continue to pay attention to the issues affecting persons with disabilities and that we can come together as a country and try to find joined solutions in reducing inequalities that exist presently,” she indicated.
Furthermore, she explained that at the moment the world is going through a number of crisis including that of climate change, Covid-19 and the Russia-Ukraine War which all these crisis affect persons with disabilities in a significant way.
This year IDPwD is observed under the theme: “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world”.