WFDB celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

The 3rd of December marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly, and aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The 2020 theme ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ also focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as sight or hearing impairments, mental illness, brain injuries, etc.

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the lives and mental health of people with disabilities, including persons with deafblindness around the world, with disrupted routines, isolation and diminished services.

At WFDB, during 2020 we have focused greatly on:

In 2021 we aim to:

  • Launch advocacy toolkits for persons with deafblindness.
  • Progress with the second global report on deafblindness
  • Launch the global campaign on the acknowledgement and recognition of deafblindness.
  • Strengthen deafblind advocacy, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa with two fellowship positions supporting the WFDB, regional and national deafblind organizations.^

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