International Day of Disabled Persons (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet. Typically, the Day's activities are mounted by unpaid volunteers. Unless non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or governments step up to support the Day, effects will vary greatly from country to country, and year to year. It has now been renamed as "International Day of Persons with Disabilities"
Each year the day focuses on a different issue:
2009: Making the Millennium Development Goals Inclusive: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world
2008: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Dignity and justice for all of us
2007: focus is on 3 December 2007 "Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities"
2006: International Day focused on access to information and communication technologies. Article 21 of the UN Convention on Disabled Persons briefly explains the issues.