The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed annually on December 3rd

December 3, 2023

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed annually on December 3rd, is a significant reminder to advocate for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of individuals with disabilities. As the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, we recognize the profound impact of this day and the ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive and accessible society for all.

This day provides a platform to raise awareness about the challenges faced by persons with disabilities and to promote full participation and equal opportunities for their integration into all aspects of society. It underscores the importance of recognizing the diverse abilities and contributions of individuals with disabilities while also acknowledging the barriers and discrimination they may encounter in their everyday lives.
In Nova Scotia, as in many other regions, persons with disabilities continue to face obstacles in accessing employment. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities allows us to reflect on the progress in addressing these challenges while renewing our commitment to advocating for the rights and dignity of individuals with disabilities.

As an organization dedicated to advocating for the rights and well-being of workers, we recognize the intersectionality of disability and labour rights. Persons with disabilities often face barriers to employment and are disproportionately affected by workplace discrimination and exclusion. Therefore, we must advocate for inclusive workplace policies, reasonable accommodations, and equal opportunities for disabled individuals.
Moreover, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities emphasizes creating accessible and inclusive environments in all facets of society, including public spaces, transportation, and community infrastructure. It encourages us to strive for a society where disabled individuals can fully participate, contribute, and thrive without encountering physical, social, or systemic barriers.

In commemorating this day, the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is committed to promoting diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility within our communities and workplaces. We recognize the invaluable contributions of persons with disabilities and stand in solidarity with them in advocating for their rights, empowerment, and full participation in all aspects of life.


As we observe the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us recommit ourselves to creating a society that embraces diversity, celebrates the unique abilities of every individual, and ensures equitable opportunities for all, regardless of their abilities.

Together, let us work towards a more inclusive and accessible future where the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities are upheld and respected in every aspect of society.

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