International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2022December 2, 2022
In 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 3 as the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.
Every year since then, people have observed this date with respect and recognition. The goal of the annual observance is to promote widespread understanding of disability issues while garnering support for the rights, dignity, and well-being of persons with disabilities.
The theme of International Day for Persons with Disabilities 2022 is Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission is committed to promoting equity in employment for people living with disabilities. It has been estimated that 22%[i] of people living in Saskatchewan identify as living with a disability. Disability and employment complaints also made up 67.1% of all complaints formalized by the Commission in 2021-2022. Due to this, and in accordance with sections 16 and 19 of The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, 2018, the Commission is committed to promoting best practices and education for employees and employers on the rights and obligations that exist for both parties.
The Commission’s ongoing work to promote understanding of what it means to live and work with a disability in Saskatchewan, includes:
- public and private presentations available on request,
- promotion of equitable practices through our Employment Equity Program and Employment Equity Lunch and Learn presentations,
- free access to our business hotline, and
- ongoing research and community consultation related to systemic discrimination concerns in the public sphere.