Proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations, the 3rd of December, International Day of Persons with Disabilities promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society.

At MoveAbility we believe and promote the idea that the first step towards the participation and development of people with disabilities in society is rehabilitation. Unfortunately, too many people, especially in low- and middle-income countries, do not have access to rehabilitation services and assistive technology. Without this essential prerequisite, they cannot exercise their right and make their voice heard.

This day is an opportunity to highlight and promote the actions and activities that are carried out by our partners in the field. Thanks to their work and investment, people with disabilities are empowered to be included and to fulfill themselves in society. It is the case of Séverine, from Côte d’Ivoire. She never gave up, despite living with polio since the age of 2 and who is now, at 42, a successful entrepreneur. (Read her story here)

It is also the story of Melania. She lives a thousand kilometers from Severine, in Nicaragua, and stood up for the first time at the age of 66. But she was always very active despite her disability. (Read her story here)

Life of persons with disabilities can also change through sport. Inclusion and development of everyone is achieved through joint activity and sharing, which is why MoveAbility has supported sporting events for many years, such as the running competition held in Viet Nam on 3 December 2018. (Read the story here)

This is an opportunity to step back and realize that through small actions, the lives of people with disabilities can change and impact entire societies.

Have a great International Day of Persons with Disabilities and click here if you want to help us make the difference!