Of the one billion population of persons with disabilities, 80% live in developing countries. An estimated 46% of older people aged 60 years and over are people with disabilities. One in every five women is likely to experience disability in her life, while one in every ten children is a child with a disability. Persons with disabilities in the world are among the hardest hit by COVID-19. International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is a UN day that is celebrated every year on 3 December. The day is about promoting the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at every level of society and development, and raising awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic, and cultural life. WHO joins the UN in observing this day each year, reinforcing the importance of securing the rights of people with disabilities, so they can participate fully, equally and effectively in a society with others, and face no barriers in all aspects of their lives.
Greek Carers Network EPIONI in collaboration with the e-Health and Knowledge Management Unit – Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of EKEFE Demokritos and the Attica Reference Site (AHA4Attica) – Active & Healthy Ageing 4 Attica organised an informative hybrid event on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 2nd 2022 at Innovathens: a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship at Technopolis of the Municipality of Athens.