International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Written by CWD Editor
Last updated Thursday February 17 2022

Careers with Disabilities are celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD). There are one billion people around the work who are disabled, meaning disabled people account for over 15% of the global population. IDPWD is an annual day for celebration, reflection, learning and action.

What is IDPWD?

IDPWD is a United Nations-sanctioned day celebrated annually across the world on the 3rd of December. While IDPWD is one day on the international calendar, it symbolises the actions and celebrations everyone should all take all year round to help create more diverse and accepting communities.


Recognising the value of diversity within our communities and treasuring the importance and acceptance of people with disabilities.


Understanding and learning from the experiences of those living with a disability. It is the aim of IDPWD to educate people within our communities about the barriers to inclusion that disabled people face.


Looking to the future and reflecting on the ways in which we can create a world where nobody is characterised by their disability. IDPWD is all about being optimistic and positive in our outlook towards equal human rights.


Not only showing our support for disabled people across the world, but making a commitment to create equal opportunities for all. This includes providing opportunities for supported education, training, volunteering and employment for people with disabilities.

IDPWD 2020 Theme: “Not All Disabilities Are Visible”

This year IDPWD focuses on raising awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, known as non-visible disabilities. In the UK, over two thirds of all disabled people have a non-visible disability.

Non-visible disabilities include mental illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar or depression, as well as chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, and neurodiversity such as autism or Asperger’s.

Removing the barriers people with disabilities are facing should be a top priority. This includes both visible and non-visible disabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has further brought the importance of this to light. Many disabled people are dealing with isolation, disconnect, inequality, disrupted routine and diminished services. As the world continues to battle the coronavirus, we must consider how the pandemic is impacting those with mental health conditions.

How Will Careers with Disabilities Celebrate?

Careers with Disabilities exist to promote equality for disabled people across the UK. We celebrate and recognise all that disabled people bring to our communities all year round. On IDPWD we aim to raise the profile of disability inclusion. Careers with Disabilities want to spark a conversation about equal employment opportunities for all.

In honour of the theme for 2020, Careers with Disabilities aim to raise awareness of non-visible disabilities, particularly in the workplace. We want to help educate employers on how to create a supportive working environment; all employees should feel confident to disclose their disability and ask for the support that they deserve.

There are a number of ways employers can support workers living with a non-visible disability, such as creating openness and honesty in the workplace and offering employees flexible working options. For more information and resources, visit our guide to non-visible disabilities.

For more information about how Careers with Disabilities can support your business, get in contact with our team.

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Last Updated: Thursday February 17 2022

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