The Council is joining people all over the world today (Saturday 3rd December) in celebrating the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities and highlighting this year’s key message that a ‘disability equals diversity, not disadvantage’.

According to the United Nations (UN) there are approximately one billion people living with disabilities.

Charity, Derbyshire Sport Trust, estimates that approximately 20 percent of the county’s population has a disability or limiting illness.

The Council has initiatives in place to support for people with disabilities and provide services, and information that can be accessed through its website, to enhance their quality of life.

It has set up a Disabled Employees Network to help remove any barriers to employment service delivery and continue supporting equality and diversity.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

The UN has marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities since 1992.

The campaign aims to spread the word on disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

The day also aims to draw attention to the benefits to society as a whole including persons with disabilities from every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

A disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits or restricts the condition, manner or duration under which an average person in the population can perform a major life activity. This includes walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, and learning.