December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities — a day to unify around ensuring a better, more equitable world. An annual celebration promoted by the United Nations since 1992, the day is dedicated to helping spread awareness and understanding of disability issues while championing the extraordinary achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities across the globe.
Currently, around 1 billion people live with a disability, making up around 15 percent of the world’s total population. Since taking office, President Obama has been committed to nurturing a society that values the contributions of all citizens, at home and abroad — from expanding educational and employment opportunities for people with disabilities, to enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act, to increasing accessibility to innovation and technology, to signing the CRPD.
At St. Vincent’s, the students dress up, dance, sing and celebrate.
The students take pride in celebrating this important day and bringing awareness to persons with disabilities in Port-au-Prince and elsewhere.