At Seashell, we provide great care for individuals with disabilities and complex needs, which is why we always pay attention to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Not sure what the day is? Continue reading to find out all about it! 

What is International Day of Persons with Disabilities? 

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a day of international observance that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. Falling on December 3rd every year, it has been observed with varying degrees of success around the world. 

The day aims to promote an understanding of disability and pushes to mobilise support for the rights, dignity and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities. The day of observance also aims to increase the integration of people with disabilities in every aspect of social, economic and cultural life. 

Each year, the day – which was originally known as International Day of Disabled Persons until 2007 – focuses on a different issue. 

United Nations 

The United Nations, who champion the day of observance for persons with disabilities, have stated: “Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. It is also central to the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind. The commitment to realising the rights of persons with disabilities is not only a matter of justice; it is an investment in a common future.” 

2021 Theme

In 2021, the theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities was ‘Fighting for rights in the post-COVID era’. It celebrated the challenges, barriers and opportunities for people who live with disabilities, in the midst of a global pandemic. 

The day was also used to recognise that people who live with disabilities were among the most affected during the pandemic. Marginalisation, discrimination and exploitation are everyday factors for many people, while the increased risk of poor outcomes were magnified with the reduced access to routine health care and rehabilitation services during the pandemic. 

Also, with lockdowns and strict social distancing rules, there was more pronounced social isolation, poorly tailored public health messaging and mental health services, and a lack of emergency readiness for people with special needs. 

Theme for 2022 

The theme for 2022 is ‘Not All Disabilities are Visible’ and is focused on highlighting disabilities that aren’t strictly visible. These include mental health disorders, chronic pain and fatigue. 

The focus around this year’s theme is to highlight the fact that, while some disabilities may not be visible to the naked eye, it does not make them any less significant.  

Seashell Events 

At Seashell, we will be celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Check out the events page to find out what’s on at Seashell this year and what we’ll be doing. 

If you’d like to speak to us to find out more about what we’ll be doing at Seashell, don’t hesitate to contact us on 0161 610 0100, or email us at