The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) is annually observed around the world on 3rd December.
Observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life within our communities across the world.
To find out more about IDPwD view the UN webpage here
What is Guernsey doing to celebrate IDPWD?
In Guernsey, we have been working hard on the Accessible Town project with more than 60+ partners to bring together all initiatives in the final celebrations on Monday 3rd. They have included:
- Purple Tuesday,13thNovember the UKs and Guernsey 1stAccessible Shopping day. The Accessible Town project & partners celebrated with a Fire side chat to discuss and debate what is happening locally in retail, in the island more generally and what else could we be doing.
- The Hidden Disabilities lanyard training and new Kite Mark for businesses that have completed the training (Co-Op, Guilles-Alles Library, Sure and Boots)
- #MakeAChange nominations – released Saturday 1stDecember, with the celebrations taking place on Monday 3rdDecember on the main stage from 6pm
- Guernsey 1stAccessible Christmas Lights and late night shopping event . you can view all the details on our website including:
- Market square entertainment sponsored by Sure Community Foundation https://accessibletown.gg/activities/
- Children activities sponsored by Butterfield Bank https://accessibletown.gg/activities/
- All the stalls https://accessibletown.gg/stall-information/
- Which shops are open for late night shopping https://accessibletown.gg/which-shops-are-open/
- The additional blue badge parking https://accessibletown.gg/blue-badge-parking/
- Quiet zones in the library and Town Church
On 3rd December 2017 in response to a casual tweet from Purple Space CEO Kate Nash OBE, major corporations and government buildings in countries across the world lit up purple or flew a purple flag to celebrate the economic power of disabled people across the globe.
Guernsey St James Assembly Hall, the Market Building and hopefully a few others will join #PurpleLightUp on #IDPwD