International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December

A day to celebrate disabled people, promote their rights and well-being - and to take action!

International Day for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is held every year on 3 December. The date was set by the United Nations in 1992 with the aim of promoting the rights and well-being of disabled people in every aspect of life – political, social, economic and cultural. The UN states that the major focus of the day is about taking practical action to meet the day’s objectives - to improve the rights and well-being of disabled people.

This year’s theme for the IDPD is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. More information here:

 The UN encourages member countries, and local communities, to observe IDPD by holding inclusive and collaborative events that focus on the issues faced by disabled people and to include disabled people as both beneficiaries and agents of change.

The day is marked around the world with celebrations involving music, sport and academia, giving disabled people the opportunity to show their potential. There are a number of events going on in New Zealand 

There will be a variety of events going on around the country. Here are some we are aware of. If you know of any other events, let us know and we’ll share them here and on our Facebook page. Email –

Join in the celebration at an event near you:




  • Film screenings at Nga Taonga Sound and Vision, Sat 2 December:
    • 2.30pm -“Visions and Realities” – a documentary about the rise of the disability rights movement in NZ
    • 4.30pm – “Defiant Lives” – a film about the disability rights movements in the US/UK/Australia.

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