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Recognizing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Dec 3, 2018

What is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities?

Today is the global observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an opportunity to raise awareness and education of people with disabilities around the world. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been celebrated on December 3rd every year since 1992, when it was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3.

According to the United Nations, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities “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.”

People with Disabilities: By the Numbers

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the issues and questions surrounding people with disabilities:

The exact numbers may vary from study to study, depending on how the authors define terms such as “disability.” What remains constant, however, is the fact that people with disabilities often face increased difficulty in employment, education, and access to information.

As a result, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities seeks to educate society at large about these issues, and to empower and advocate for people with disabilities whenever necessary.

Read: Disability Statistics in the United States

International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Web Accessibility

As the “digital revolution” continues to advance, web accessibility is becoming increasingly important.

New forms of technology such as websites and mobile applications can make it easier for everyone to carry out a variety of activities: participating in educational programs, making financial transactions, applying for jobs and government benefits, and more — but only if they are accessible.

Unfortunately, not all organizations have yet made web accessibility a priority. For example, 75 percent of companies listed on the FTSE 100 index of the London Stock Exchange do not meet basic requirements for web accessibility.

Whether you’re a for-profit company, a healthcare organization, a government office, or an educational institution, web accessibility enables more people with disabilities to interact with your organization — a net gain for both you and your audience.

Read: How to Introduce People to Digital Accessibility: 7 Tips

Final thoughts

As we observe the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, it’s important to remember how web accessibility is helping improve the quality of life for millions of people with disabilities.

Whether it’s including alternative text for photos and graphics or adding closed captions to your video and audio files, there are a number of simple actions you can take right now to make your website more accessible. Following recommendations such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is an excellent way to get started with web accessibility.

To learn more about how you can make your website more accessible, contact us for a free 30-minute consultation. Or, get started with a free and confidential website accessibility scan.

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