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International Day of Persons with Disabilities Dec. 3

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December 3rd marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) proclaimed first by the United Nations in 1992. It is a day to promote an understanding of disability issues and raise awareness on the importance of equal access for persons with disabilities in all aspects of society. The theme for 2023 is “United Action to rescue and achieve Sustainable Development Goals for, with and by persons with Disabilities”.

Accessibility for persons with disabilities is a human right. As the third province in Canada to pass Accessibility legislation, we are working towards removing and preventing barriers so that all Nova Scotians have access to the same experiences and opportunities. 

Over 30% of Nova Scotians have a disability. Recognizing this day provides an opportunity to highlight this work and reflect on our own personal responsibility to make the province a better place to live. Visit to learn more about accessibility at ECRL.

In celebration and recognition of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, ECRL has prepared a Reading List of relevant books in our collection in a variety of formats.