International Day for Disabled People - 3rd December 2022

December 3 is International Day of People With Disabilities (IDPWD), an annual occasion to join together to support disabled people and raise awareness of the importance of creating a future where disabled people experience equal opportunity and face no barriers in all aspects of their lives— whether it be going about their day-to-day lives with adequate accessibility in their communities, joining the workforce, or being able to showcase their abilities and reach their goals without facing barriers.

2022 IDPWD Theme is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world”

Sport is one of the 3 themes this year as an exemplar case for Innovation for disability inclusive development: as a sector where the other 2 themes of employment and reducing inequalities meet. Sport as a good practice example and full of innovation, employment, and equity.

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In Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, we will soon be launching a framework for the county. The aim of this framework is to improve the way we all work together to ensure opportunities to be physically active are equitable and inclusive. It is time to make a real change for disabled people to access sport, physical activity and leisure in the way they want, when they want with no barriers placed on them by society. If you have not already been involved in some way in supporting the development of the framework, there is still time to have your say and we are always keen to hear from people from different sectors and experiences. The next formal engagement point to discuss the Framework in its draft form and contribute to discussions will be on 19th January at the Ability AGM and Network meeting. Look out for the meeting information coming soon.

In the meantime, why not use this years IDPWD to consider what more you could do to be part of an accessible and equitable world?

Some examples could be:

  • Hold staff or volunteer disability awareness training
  • Hold a disability celebration day at school or workplace
  • Action a change to make a building more accessible or welcoming for a disabled people
  • Action making your promotional material more inclusive and accessible for all
  • Reach out to a local community group and ask them what would make an activity more inclusive and accessible


A good place to start is for resources is the Activity Alliance website, where there is lots of useful insight, research and guidance including short factsheets to support you to do more with disabled people, click here

Check out the Living Sport website disability pages for support too here

If you have any questions, ideas, support needs the Living Sport team and always keen to help email  

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