GAISF celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities
GAISF President Ivo Ferriani today underlined the importance of disability inclusion, and praised the global sports community for its commitment to building towards an inclusive, accessible and sustainable world, as part of the United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, celebrated annually on 3 December, aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. This year’s theme focuses on leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.
GAISF Associate Members, the International Paralympic Committee, the Association of Paralympic Sports Organisations (APSO), the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) and Special Olympics continue to do incredible work to inspire and empower persons with disabilities and ensure inclusiveness within their respective communities.
GAISF President Ivo Ferriani said:
“More than one billion people around the world live with some form of disability, approximately 15 per cent of the global population. People with disabilities are one of the most excluded groups in our society. I would therefore like to praise the global sports community for its commitment to building towards a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable world. Empowerment, inclusion and equality are at the heart of our community and this is more important than ever during these challenging times.”