International Day of Persons With Disabilities

December 03, 2021
Submitted By: Office of Diversity and Community Engagement

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was created by the United Nations and is celebrated each year on Dec. 3 UHart joins in the celebration and promotion of the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at every level of society. At UHart we seek to raise awareness and we encourage everyone across the University to continue their own learning and understanding of the daily experiences of people with disabilities and how we can make our campus community more accessible and inclusive for individuals with disabilities. Please see below for educational resources and upcoming opportunities.

Interview with the author and primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Congressman Tony Coelho

In the interview, Congressman Coelho talks about his life with a disability, the people who supported and motivated him through his journey, the ADA legislation, and where we go from here.

Upcoming: Spring 2022 Community Read Centers People with Disabilities

The Spring 2022 semester community read book selection is About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times, edited by Peter Catapano and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. Register here to receive the Zoom access information for the Spring 2022 Community Read conversations.

Further Resources:



  • Disability Incarcerated, edited by Liat Ben-Moshe, Chris Chapman, and Allison C. Carey
  • Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alice Wong
  • Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, by Haben Girma
  • Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment, by James I. Charlton


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