International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Celebrate diversity in our community by joining us for activities between 1pm-6:30pm at the Rochester Civic Theatre on Monday, December 4, 2017.

This event is co-sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Office of Diversity and Inclusion, disABILITYMayo Employee Resource Group, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, The MaxAbilityTaskforce, The Diversity Council, Workforce Development, Inc., Opportunity Services,Destination Medical Center, KAAL ABC 6 News, and Hiawatha Homes. These sponsors will be joining in the celebration for International Day of Persons with Disabilities that is observed on December 3rd. 

The Rochester event will take place on Monday, December 4th with a keynote speaker, art exhibits, and musical performances by persons with disabilities, along with other educational options designed to expand and create awareness.

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a day to celebrate the many contributions people with disabilities make to our community. Getting involved in celebrations for the United Nations sanctioned day is a chance to challenge myths, improve awareness and take positive action toward change for inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities.

The theme this year’s IDPD is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. With a variety of events taking place throughout the afternoon, this event is designed to allow participants to drop in for specific pieces or stay throughout the duration. Between 1 pm-3pm, participants can enjoy local art, sit down with a human library participant, or view the UN Enable Day short films. The keynote speaker will share her personal journey of identifying her mental illness and how that has changed her profession and personal life. Networking,‘experience’ a disability firsthand, and local musicians will follow the speaker.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities