People around the world marked December 3 the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) by lectures, performances and by blooming where they’re planted as the saying goes. Worldwide it is estimated that a billion people have disabilities.

All around the world, people are encouraged to get together to celebrate disability identity. IDPD has been observed annually by the United Nations since 1992. It promotes disability rights and the benefits of integrating disabled people into all aspects of life. Of course the celebrating is not limited to the 20% of us who have disabilities but is open to the 80% of people who are our nondisabled friends, family and allies too. Read to see what happened around the world.

In addition to Facebooking it ahead of time, I brought it up at my church’s Peace and Justice Committee meeting this morning. I mentioned disability concerns as we discussed immigration issues; e.g. if we need drivers’ cards for undocumented drivers, we also need non-drivers cards so undocumented folks who cannot drive can still have some identification for cashing checks, etc.

After supper I’ll celebrate by reading some more of Grisham’s newest legal thriller Gray Mountain. To be able to download and read a best seller while sighted friends are also reading the book is something that didn’t happen ten years ago. Progress is never as far or fast as I’d like it to be, but there is definite progress worth celebrating for us in the 20%.

As Gandhi said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world!” I’ll add: “and celebrate the change you see.”