Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities
International Days of Persons with Disabilities will be celebrated around the world. December 3, 1992 was the first United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). Each year there is a different theme. Today we are celebrating, “17 Goals for the Future We Want.” The theme has a special meaning has it notes the recent adoption of the 17 (SDGs) Sustainable Development Goals and how these goals have a specific role in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.
Each year, with more creativity, additional open-minds, determined personalities, and a re-newed energy the disabled continue to pave new roads never thought possible to go down. The accomplishments of so many has added to the shaping of our world.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
One remarkable young disabled woman is Tammy Duckworth. She was first elected as a U.S. Representative in 1968. She is the first Asian-American congresswoman from Illinois and the first disabled female veteran to win a seat in the U.S. House. This year she became a U.S. Senator. Born in Thailand, she was deployed to serve in the Iraq war in 2004. Her helicopter was struck resulting in her losing both of her legs.
Duckworth has achieved so much in her life. First, she earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Hawaii. She continued her education and earned her Master of Arts in international affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She continued on at Northern Illinois University where she enrolled in a political science Ph.D program.
Duckworth is one of millions of disabled people in the world who has achieved and accomplished and who will continue to do so in the future.