Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn December 3, 1992, the United Nations first recognized the International Day for People with Disabilities.More than a billion people live with disabilities such as blindness, deafness, or the inability to walk. People with disabilities often lack equal access to employment, legal support, health care, or educational opportunities.On this day, communities around the world work to improve infrastructure to allow greater access by people with disabilities. In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for instance, the city holds an employment workshop for businesses and the disabled community. The workshop provides ideas for how businesses can accommodate employees who may be disabled. Other events focus on raising awareness. In Pakistan, for instance, events celebrate the educational, technological, and artistic contributions to society made by members of the disabled community.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry access Noun
ability to use.
to provide or satisfy.
inability to see.
group of organisms or a social group interacting in a specific region under similar environmental conditions.
unable to hear.
developing world Noun
nations with low per-capita income, little infrastructure, and a small middle class.
physical or psychological handicap.
job or work.
a building or room that serves a specific function.
to employ, or put to work for money or other goods.
to weaken or diminish in value.
to make something more valuable.
process or state of being part of a whole.
structures and facilities necessary for the functioning of a society, such as roads.
having to do with knowledge, or a knowledgeable person.
having to do with the mind or brain.
something that slows or stops progress.
having to do with the body.
to identify or acknowledge.
sustainable development Noun
human construction, growth, and consumption that can be maintained with minimal damage to the natural environment.
the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.
United Nations Noun
international organization that works for peace, security and cooperation.