International Day of Persons with Disabilities is marked around the world annually on December 3rd, as per United Nations’ General Assembly resolution 47/3 of 14 October 1992, to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues pertaining to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. The Presidential Proclamation from the White House can be found here.
The theme for 2015 is “Inclusion Matters: Access and Empowerment for People of All Abilities”. According to the UN,the sub-themes are: making cities inclusive and accessible for all; improving disability data and statistics; and including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development.
In August, Berkeley Lab invited employees to join an Employee Resource Group (ERG) for disability inclusion, now called “All Access”. This ERG was created to address the needs and concerns of individuals with disabilities (IWDs) at the Lab, and is open to all employees, including IWDs, family members and friends of IWDs, advocates, and supporters of disability inclusion. We currently have members representing Divisions across the Lab.
If you’re interested in joining, please contact the Diversity and Inclusion Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.