Planning your event

Join in celebrating International Day of People with Disability.

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a collaborative effort between schools, organisations, community groups, businesses and individuals to help break down disability barriers and celebrate abilities.

The best way for you to celebrate is to hold an event in your community, organisation or business. It creates an opportunity to think, talk about and acknowledge people with disability positively.

Events can take any form you wish. Big or small, simple or challenging, your event is only limited by your own considerations – and imagination.

Who can be involved?


There are different ways that you can be involved.

Schools – it is a great opportunity to break down the barriers with young people and build awareness and understanding of people with disability. IDPwD celebrates inclusiveness and can be adapted to many activities and can be integrated with the curriculum like physical education, social sciences, history, english, creative arts, engineering and design and community outreach activities.

Organisations and Business – IDPwD can become a start to action for employers, business and organisations which can ripple out over the other 364 days of the year. You can also sponsor, support or celebrate through community events, create an event for your employees or network. You could lend your voice through social media, articles, letters to the editor, blogs and newsletters to IDPwD and raising awareness about disability issues. There is no limit.

Communities – Community involvement is an excellent way to build awareness of IDPwD. Organisations, business’ or local government can champion, support or organise a community activity which builds inclusive participation, highlights achievements of people with disability and signal a welcoming community for people with disability.

What should an IDPwD event do:

  • Involve and celebrate people with disability
  • Be held on or around 3 December
  • Be registered on the IDPwD website
  • Link photos, key quotes or key message from your event to social media
  • Use the annual theme and branding materials
  • Include at least one of the following:
    • Awareness raising about disability issues
    • Promotion of human rights of all people

How do I organise an IDPwD activity?

Are you up for the challenge? Here’s what you’ll need to do: