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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

01 December 2017

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Spreading the message through purple power​​

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is held annually on 3 December to focus on issues that affect disabled people worldwide.

Disability equals diversity, not disadvantage, and since 1992 the United Nations has marked the day to highlight this message, spread the word on disability issues and rally support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of disabled people, who are "the world's largest minority".

Each year a variety of events are held in many countries, and the day provides a platform for holding discussions, forums and campaigns relating to disability. Communities are encouraged to organise meetings, talks, and even performances in their local areas.

IDPD is seen as a collaborative effort between schools, workplaces, businesses, community groups and individuals to help break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities.

Each year the day focuses on a different issue or theme, which this year is 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all'.  The theme's overarching principle is to 'leave no-one behind', and to empower disabled people to be active contributors of society.

Employers, organisations and even some iconic buildings are actively supporting this year's theme, and to celebrate the day are joining together as part of 'Purple Light Up' (link opens in new tab) campaign to highlight the role of disabled people as agents for business and cultural change.

In support of the campaign, Shaw Trust is turning its logo purple for the day on 3 December. We will also be opening nominations for Shaw Trust's Power List, providing inspiration for tomorrow's young and talented leaders by recognising some of the most influential disabled people in the United Kingdom today.

As a Disability Confident (link opens in new tab) employer, Shaw Trust encourages all staff and teams to support awareness of the Purple Light Up campaign and IDPD. If you would like an opportunity to raise money, some colourful ways to spread the message for a good cause could be:

  • holding a purple and disability-themed quiz at lunchtime (and throw in some questions to test knowledge on disability)
  • dressing in purple for the day and donate any funds raised to a local disability-related cause, and
  • using #PurpleLightUp​ on Twitter and Facebook to share pledges, photos and stories

Nominations are now open for the Shaw Trust Power List 2018

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