USICD and Friends Celebrate
the 2015 International Day
of Persons with Disabilities

 

Theme for 2015:
Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of All Abilities

USICD staff, board, and members join the global disability community in celebrating the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, 2015.  This year, the theme for IDPD is "Inclusion matters: Access and empowerment for people of all abilities".  The three subthemes for the 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities include, "Making cities inclusive and accessible for all," "Improving disability data and statistics," and "Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development." 
 
One billion people around the world are people with disabilities.  One thing that people with disabilities share in common, regardless of national boundaries or type of disability, is that they do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others.  Sharing the right to participation in public life is essential in creating a more equitable society for everyone.  Meanwhile, promoting empowerment enables new, and richer, opportunities for people with disabilities to set their own priorities and goals and to take the lead in creating social change.
 
The membership of USICD share a vision with the world disability community for creating a society that recognizes the importance of enabling every global citizen to participate in public life.
 
Last night, USICD celebrated the internation day with our annual Gala, hosted in partnership with Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC.  Pictured below are our 2015 honorees and other special guests.  USICD opened the evening calling for a moment of silence in solidarity with all victims of violence and our brothers and sisters with disabilities affected by the tragic incident that unfolded just hours before the event in San Bernadino, California.

The White House has posted a declaration on the 2015 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Marca Bristo_ honorees Kalle Konkkola and Senator Kelly Ayotte_ Pat Morrissey_ Senator Tom Harkin_ Senator Bob Dole_ David Morrissey _no relation__ Judith Heumann
In celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at the #USICDGala in Washington, DC, on December 2nd, 2015, from left to right: Marca Bristo, Kalle Konkkola, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator Tom Harkin, Senator Bob Dole, and Judith Heumann.  Back row: USICD President Dr. Patricia Morrissey, USICD Treasurer Dr. David Hutt, Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi of Finland, U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalist & USICD Board Member Candace Cable, and USICD Executive Director David Morrissey.

For more photos from last night's event, visit the #USICDGala hashtag in Twitter, or visit @USICD's Twitter feed! Selected photos will also be shared via USICD's Facebook page and USICD's LinkedIn page.

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USICD is now taking applications for its summer 2016 Youth in International Development and Foreign Affairs internship program