International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2017

To celebrate UN's International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD), we're highlighting how many disabled people around the world still don't have access to education or work opportunities. 

Inclusive education

In developing countries, 90% of disabled children do not attend school. This failure to support children with disabilities’ rights to an education damages their long-term futures and livelihoods.

25,000 children with disabilities into mainstream education

Through our inclusive education programmes we have supported 25,000 disabled children into mainstream education.

By 2020, we are aiming to have supported 40,000 disabled children into education. 

Access to livelihoods

So far our programmes have supported 26,000 disabled people into paid work or self-employment. 

We've also provided skill training for 68,000 disabled people.

Our aim by 2020 is to support more than 90,000 disabled people through our livelihood programmes.

Global ambassador

Judy HeumannThis IDPwD we are pleased to announce the renowned disability rights campaigner Judy Heumann will be joining us as a global ambassador!

‘I’m honoured to be an ambassador for Leonard Cheshire Disability and have long been an admirer of the organisation and people within it.

‘I relish the opportunity of us working together to support the rights of persons with disabilities across the world.’

— Judy Heumann

Read our full press release. 

Global Alliance

This year the Global Alliance, a network of over 200 independently managed Cheshire organisations, will be celebrating the day with events in over 20 countries!

Find out more about the Global Alliance.

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