FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Premier’s Council on Disabilities held its annual event today to recognize United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Normally celebrated on Dec. 3, the theme this year is Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world.

“We are pleased to have this day set aside each year to draw public attention to the need for our communities to be more inclusive of persons with disabilities in all aspects of our economic, cultural and social life,” said Christyne Allain, executive director of the council.

To mark the day, the council hosted an event in partnership with Makers Making Change, an initiative by the Neil Squire Society.

Participants were tasked with adapting toys so that children of all abilities could play and interact with them. Every toy adapted during the event will be given to a child with a disability.

“The goal of events like today’s is to empower persons with disabilities while also increasing awareness about the way inclusive practices benefit society as a whole,” said council chair Patrick Losier. “The council would like to thank all those who participated today and helped make this innovative event a success.”

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992.

Over the years, the day has been recognized to encourage people, organizations, governments, and societies all over the world to focus on issues related to the inclusion of persons with a disability and measures to support greater equality.

More information about the council is available online.