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International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Twelve-day awareness campaign launched in Jaipur
In Jaipur, Disha Foundation, started the signature campaign to kick off the observance of twelve days long International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on November 20 with the theme "Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality."

The signature campaign, through a van visiting various schools and colleges, is meant to spread 'awareness evokes solidarity and support among the community for the persons with disabilities and the mainstream society'.

During the campaign, Disha's Special Educators will be performing 'simulation exercises with the students and brief them about the disability and the achievements of our special children'. The campaign will also include the events like language arts display; art and painting workshop and a cultural programme.

Ahead of IDPD , to be observed worldwide on December 3, the WHO has released some facts  about disability as follows.

-At least 10% of the world's population, or 650 million people, live with a disability

- About 20% of the world's poor are disabled .

-The percentage of children with disabilities not attending school is extremely variable and is between 65% - 85% in some African countries .

-Mortality for children with disabilities may be as high as 80% in countries where under-five mortality as a whole has decreased to below 20% .

-In many low-income and middle -income countries, only 5-15% of disabled people who require assistive devices and technology have access to them .

WHO has been advocating the community-based rehabilitation (CBR) as a development strategy that is currently implemented in over 90 countries throughout the world to address the needs of people with disabilities and their family members.

"CBR aims to provide rehabilitation, reduce poverty, equalize opportunities and promote the inclusion of disabled people in their communities. It focuses on four key development areas – health, education, livelihood and social – and promotes mainstreaming and empowerment. CBR is a flexible and dynamic strategy that can be adapted to suit different contexts and where properly funded and supported it can make a contribution towards the achievement of the MDGs and the implementation of the CRPD," informs WHO on its website.

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