Every year, December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities worldwide. In Indonesia, it’s celebrated by several big cities, from Sumatra over Java to Bali and Sulawesi. They even have special events for it. From inclusive cultural performances to seminars on disability rights and accessibility, the day has served as a platform for dialogue, education, and advocacy. Additionally, the organizers highlighted the importance of implementing policies and programs that promote equal opportunities and full participation for persons with disabilities in all aspects of life, including education, employment, and social inclusion. Through these initiatives, Indonesia reaffirmed its commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable society where the rights and dignity of all individuals, regardless of ability, are respected and upheld.

In the heart of South Sulawesi, Makassar, Accessible Indonesia played a pivotal role in the celebrations. It was a testament to the power of unity and collaboration as several alliances of organizations representing disabled people in Makassar joined together and assembled at the town’s center, Karebosi Square. The City Government made an effort to increase awareness about disabilities by organizing a special event. Thousands of schoolchildren participated, retyping thousands of books into World Files. This act of inclusivity ensures that those who are blind or visually impaired can access these books, a small step towards a more accessible world.

Next to the crowds of schoolchildren, the most noticeable group was the vibrant group of deaf individuals dressed up as pantomimes and entertained the enormous crowd with a traditional dance.

The mayor of Makassar, a staunch advocate for disability rights, took an active and visible part in the event. His presence symbolized the city’s commitment to inclusivity and served as an inspiration for others. He hopes that this day will raise awareness about disability and the numerous obstacles that Indonesians with disabilities still face in their daily lives, sparking a conversation that leads to meaningful change.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day of global significance, will be celebrated on December 3rd, 2024. Participating in This Day is not just a symbolic gesture but a meaningful way to show support for the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities. Therefore, Accessible Indonesia will also update and participate in it.

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