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Events for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Logo 3 December International disability day

A global accessibility initiative – #MapMyDay – is using the 3 December to make online map accessible for wheelchair users. We featured this innovative website wheelmap.org in our 2014 report on accessibility. We invite you to join the movement, and give them your feedback on the streets you are going by.

Article 9 of the UN CRPD lists states’ obligations related to accessibility, and to monitor the progress made, we also invite you to enter your comments on a map by answering our annual questionnaire on UN CRPD Implementation. The deadline was extended until 15  December, in order to cover even more countries than last year. Questions are available in French, English, German and Spanish.

Also, in Geneva, a group of international organizations are hosting together a series of activities to acknowledge the achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities and to reaffirm our commitment to recognition of the rights of persons with disabilities.

These activities will include:

3.30pm: Unveiling of an artistic intervention to the ‘broken chair’ monument, at the Place des Nations.

5.00pm: Roundtable with Spanish actor and writer Pablo Pineda in Room XX at the Palais des Nations. Mr. Pineda is the first European with Down syndrome to obtain university degrees.

6.00pm: Reception and evening event, showcasing the talents of persons with disabilities at the Serpentine Room at Palais des Nations.

To know more about activities in New York, visit the dedicated CRPD Secretariat website.