International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2017

December 3, 2017 United Nations proclaimed theme:

“Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”

“The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 in 1992. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of on the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.”



Whereas Independent Living Canada is recognizing December 3, 2017 as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities; and

Whereas the United Nations has proclaimed that December 3, 2017 be recognized as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities through the theme “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”; and

Whereas one in seven Canadians have a disability and are contributing members in our communities as entrepreneurs, decision-makers, employers, employees, parents, guardians, grandparents, volunteers; and

Whereas we believe that everyone has the right to aspire to the philosophy of Independent Living; and

Whereas we aspire to an all-inclusive and accessible society where persons with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully, we believe that issues affecting the full accessibility for persons with disabilities should be addressed now.

Therefore, the Independent Living Canada Board of Directors, the 25 Independent Living Centres across Canada and the IL Canada International Day of Persons with Disabilities Committee proclaim December 3, 2017 to be “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” across Canada, and urge all Canadians to recognize the role persons with disabilities provide in our communities.

Dated at Ottawa, on the 29th day of September, 2017


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Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region invites you to join our celebration of International Day of People with Disability on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017.  This year we will celebrate by raising our voices and honoring the stories that make us unique.

Celebration includes a free lunch and Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Susan Ksiezopolski.  Susan Ksiezopolski is an accomplished Canadian author and an expert facilitator in creative writing workshops.  Susan believes, “Everyone has a right to have their voice heard.”

The Independent Living Centre London and Area is holding a Swiss Chalet luncheon on December 5, 2017.  (Register in advance).  There will be information posted about International Day of People with Disabilities.

Planning underway for a half day ( 2 workshops -TBC) and an Open House for invitees to come and meet our members and staff from 2 to 5 pm.  An evening holiday party 530 to 8 pm
Possibly an official recognition and declaration signing 3:30 – 4:00 pm .

We will be inviting members, affiliates, and community members into our Centre to celebrate ways our community has contributed to the sustainability and resiliency of Canadian society. Light refreshments will be offered to all that wish to celebrate with us. Articles pertaining to recent, local stories of people with disabilities overcoming barriers and contributing to a resilient society will be posted on the walls for discussion.

Independent Living Vernon will be celebrating IDPD by hosting an Abilities Art Show on December 2. From now until November 23 we will be collecting Art from the general public showcasing “Breaking down
barriers and celebrating abilities.” Then on December 2 we will be displaying this art work.

Independent Living Resource Centre Calgary is planning to participate this year and is working with March of Dimes who is chairing the committee. There will be an event in partnership with other local non – profits. Planning is underway and I hope to have more details in the coming weeks. We will likely have a booth at the event and I will be volunteering for it.

The Victoria Disability Resource Centre is excited to once again host the Artists with Disabilities Showcase. Now in its fifth year, the event is held in conjunction with the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities and celebrates the artistic accomplishments and talents of our community. Friday & Saturday, December 1-2, 2017,  10am to 5pm, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Flag Raising at City Hall with Proclamation signing and an Open House at the Independent Living Resource Centre Thunder Bay.

Award presentation at Government House (by invitation only) and in the afternoon and Open House at Empower: The Disability Resource Centre.

Volunteer luncheon (by invitation only) and afternoon get together at the Disability Resource Centre for Independent Living.

The North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre in Saskatoon is hosting an International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebration. Our Keynote speaker, Katrina German, will teach you how to use technology to increase your business profile and social media presence.  A panel of entrepreneurs with disabilities will share their stories about how video has enhanced their businesses.  Join us for this learning event on December 4, 2017 at 10 am (CST) at Frances Morrison Library, 311 23 Street East, Saskatoon.   Everyone is welcome. To register for this free event, please visit:

In celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Independent Living Sudbury Manitoulin invite you to join them for their 9th Annual Persons with Disabilities Breakfast, on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7am at the Holiday Inn Georgian Rooms D&E, 1696 Regent Street, Sudbury, Ontario.  Guest Speaker:  Dr. Steve Daniel.  RSVP by November 27th

Vie Autonome Péninsule Acadienne will be hosting a Christmas supper for members and their families on December 3.  In Moncton, on December 4, there will be an Awards Ceremony for a Leader of Inclusion for employer’s in New Brunswick and in Fredericton, there will be a session for service dogs for people with disabilities.

Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) collaborating with the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC) Toronto Chapter, Balance for Blind Adults, Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), Citizens With Disabilities – Ontario (CWDO), CNIB GTA, Magnet (online job-matching platform for people with disabilities), National Education Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) will be celebrating: International Day of Persons with Disabilities Toronto.

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Location: Metro Hall, 55 John St., Rooms 308 and 309

Program includes:
• Presentation from Susan Picarello, Assistant Deputy Minister, Accessibility and Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities
• Panelists from employment agencies and employers highlighting initiatives, programs and partnerships that increase the employment of persons with disabilities.
• Networking with employment agencies and employers

For more information, or requests to attend, be on the panel, or to have a display table at the event, please contact Yin Brown at


  • Empower – The Disability Resource Centre
  • Independent Living Nova Scotia Association
  • Vie Autonome Péninsule Acadienne Inc.
  • Vie Autonome Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Independent Living – Montréal
  • Vie Autonome Montérégie
  • Independent Living Resource Centre Thunder Bay
  • Disability Resource Centre for Independent Living – Kapuskasing
  • The Independent Living Centre London & Area
  • Independent Living Sudbury Manitoulin
  • Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region
  • Breaking Down Barriers Independent Living Resource Centre – Collingwood
  • RISE: Resource Centre for Independent Living – Parry Sound
  • Centre for Independent Living in Toronto Inc.
  • Niagara Centre for Independent Living
  • Independent Living Centre Kingston
  • Ottawa Independent Living Resource Centre
  • Le Phenix – Alfred
  • North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre
  • South Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre
  • Independent Living Resource Centre of Calgary
  • Cowichan Independent Living Resource Centre
  • Victoria Disability Resource Centre
  • Richmond Centre for Disability
  • Independent Living Vernon