Monday, December 3rd is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme for 2012 is Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all. According to the U.N. website, persons with disabilities are "the world's largest minority", with over one billion people, or approximately 15 per cent of the world's population, living with some form of disability.
Evidence and experience shows that when barriers to their inclusion are removed and persons with disabilities are empowered to participate fully in societal life, their entire community benefits. Barriers faced by persons with disabilities are, therefore, a detriment to society as a whole, and accessibility is necessary to achieve progress and development for all.[view whole blog post ]