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Disability Campaign and Awareness Days

Employer guide to key campaign and awareness days related to disability and inclusion. Awareness days can help you promote a culture of inclusion and help you demonstrate your commitment to a workplace that is accessible and supports everyone to reach their full potential.

World Braille Day – 4 January 2021

World Braille Day celebrates the birth of Louis Braille, inventor of the reading and writing system used by millions od blind and partially sighted people all over the world. 4 January 2021 marks the third year since it was officially designated by the UN General Assembly as a day to raise awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.

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Key hashtags

  • #BrailleDay

World Hearing Day – 3 March 2021: Hearing care for all

World Hearing Day 2021 marks the launch of the World Report on Hearing, presenting a global call for action to address hearing loss and ear diseases across the life course.

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Key hashtags

  • #WorldHearingDay
  • #HearingCare
  • #Hearathon2021

International Women’s Day – 3 March 2021 – Choose to Challenge

In New Zealand, International Women’s Day is UN Women’s special day and events are held across the country to mark the day.

Key hashtags

  • #IWD2021
  • #ChooseToChallenge
  • #WomensDay

World Down Syndrome Day – 21 March 2021

In December 2011, the General Assembly declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day. The General Assembly decided, with effect from 2012, to observe World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March each year. In order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome, the General Assembly invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner.

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Key hashtags

#WorldDownSyndromeDay #WDSD2021 #LotsOfSocks

World Autism Awareness Day – 2 April 2021

World Autism Awareness Day was declared by the United Nations to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism and ensure their full and meaningful participation in society.

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Key hashtags

#WorldAutismAwarenessDay #WorldAutismDay #WAAD #AuthenticallyAutistic

World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28 April 2021

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) – 20 May 2021

The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion and the more than one billion people worldwide with disabiliites/impairments.

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Key hashtags

  • #GlobalAccessibilityAwarenessDay
  • #GAAD

Autistic Pride Day

Autistic Pride recognises the importance of pride for autistic people and its role in bringing about positive changes in the broader society.

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Paralympic Games

Support our paralympic athletes as they head off to compete in their version of the Olympic Games. Paralympics NZ will be asking New Zealand organisations to support their team by hosting ‘A Paralympics Party!’ (More detail to come)

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Key hashtags

  • #Tokyo2021

International Day of Sign Languages – 23 September 2021

The first International Day of Sigh Languages was celebrated in 2018 as a part of the International Week of the Deaf. UN General Assembly has proclaimed 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realisation of the human rights of people who are deaf.

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Key hashtags

  • #IDSL2021
  • #IWD2021

Mental Health Awareness Week – 27 September – 3 October 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual campaign from Mental Health Foundation New Zealand that helps Kiwis understand what boosts their wellbeing and improves mental health.

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Key hashtags

  • #MHAWNZ

International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) – 28 September 2021

Informed citizens can make informed decisions, for instance, when going to the polls. Only when citizens know how they are governed, can they hold their governments accountable for their decisions and actions. Information is power. Therefore, universal access to information is a cornerstone of healthy and inclusive knowledge societies.

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Key hashtags

  • #IDUAI
  • #AccessToInfoDay
  • #RightToKnow

World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2021

The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

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Key hashtags

  • #WorldMentalHealthDay
  • #MentalHealth

World Sight Day – 14 October 2021

World Sight Day, observed annually on the second Thursday of October, is a global event meant to draw attention on blindness and vision impairment.

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Key hashtags

  • #WorldSightDay
  • #HopeInSight

Attitude Awards

The Attitude Awards are a nationally televised event celebrating the achievements and successes of New Zealanders living with disabilities.

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International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) – 3 December 2021

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations-sanctioned day celebrated internationally on 3 December. It increases awareness of the benefits of inclusion of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

IDPwD is the most important day of the year to celebrate the contribution that people with disability make in our community. It’s the ideal day for organisations to launch an Action Plan, a new commitment or a new policy. It’s a day to celebrate ‘nothing about us without us’, which is the global mantra for the empowerment of people with disability.

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Key hashtags

  • #IDPWD
  • #IDPD

Human Rights Day – 10 December 2021

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person, including people with disability. 

Human rights are at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to leave no one behind. 

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Key hashtags

  • #HumanRightsDay
  • #GlobalGoals