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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Featured Content December 3, 2019 – Proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992


On October 14, 1992, the United Nations proclaimed December 3 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) and invited "all Member States and organizations concerned to intensify their efforts aimed at sustained effective action with a view to improving the situation of persons with disabilities." See previous U.S. Presidential Proclamations in support of IDPD.

In the United States, the Federal Government has implemented landmark legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) "to ensure that the Federal Government plays a central role in enforcing...standards...on behalf of individuals with disabilities." (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.)


Related Legislation and Regulations

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Public Law 101-336, 104 Stat. 327


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), formerly the Education for all Handicapped Children Act of 1975, Public Law 94-142, 89 Stat. 773


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Public Law 93-112, 87 Stat. 355

Section 501, as amended:

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended:

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended:

Section 508, as amended:


Source for legislative and regulatory research: ADA.gov


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