Category: December 03

  • NATIONAL ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD DAY – December 3

    NATIONAL ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD DAY

    National Roof Over Your Head Day was created as a day to be thankful for what you have, starting with the roof over your head. There are many things that we have that we take for granted and do not stop to appreciate how fortunate we are for having them. 

    #RoofOverYourHeadDay

    All across our nation, there are many that do not have the things that are necessary to everyday life. They may lack a roof over their heads, enough food to eat, or clothes to wear. For those who have those bare necessities, it may be insufficient. 

    The day reminds us to appreciate what we have. This day follows closely after Thanksgiving, a day to be thankful. So just like Thanksgiving, be thankful for what you do have and always remember, that it is a better feeling than worrying about what you do not have.

    HOW TO OBSERVE ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD DAY

    To celebrate, pick a name or two off of a Christmas Giving Tree and make someone’s holiday a little better. Volunteer at or make a contribution to a homeless shelter in your area. Your gift may help someone else be able to have a “roof over their head” tonight. Use #RoofOverYourHeadDay to post on social media.

    Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more ways to Celebrate Every Day!

    NATIONAL ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of the thankful and charitable day. 

     

    December 3rd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

    1910

    George Claude introduces his invention of the neon light at the Paris Motor Show. His background in chemistry gave him the knowledge to understand that with enough voltage, the neon would glow. Once captured in a glass tube, the possibilities for an electric display were endless.

    1992

    Neil Papworth, an engineer for Vodaphone telecommunications, sent the world’s first text message. He typed the message on his desktop computer and sent the message to a collogue’s Orbitel 901 cell phone. The message read, “Merry Christmas.”

    1994 

    Sony released the PlayStation gaming console and games in Japan. Nine months later, the system would be released in the United States.

    1995

    California Love released by 2Pac. The hip hop song featured Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman and reached #1 on Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.

    December 3rd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Cleveland Abbe – 1838

    The American meteorologist supported time zones and is considered the Father of the Weather Bureau.

    Charles A. Pillsbury – 1842

    The American manufacturer founded one of the world’s largest milling companies and was based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Ellen Swallow Richards – 1842

    The first woman accepted to a school of science, Swallow pioneered the science of sanitary engineering and founded home economics.

    Ozzy Osborne – 1948

    Born John Michael Osbourne, the singer, songwriter rose to fame in the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

  • INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES – December 3

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

    Each year on December 3rd, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The day raises awareness of the political, economic, social and cultural aspects disability affects people around the world.

    #DayOfPersonsWithDisabilities

    More than 1 billion people in the world have a disability. At 15 percent of the world’s population, persons with disabilities account for the world’s largest minority. Furthermore, one out of every seven people is affected by disability.

    Definition and Types

    Disability is defined as a condition or function that is significantly impaired. Types of disabilities include:

    • Physical impairment
    • Sensory impairment
    • Cognitive impairment
    • Intellectual impairment
    • Mental illness
    • Chronic disease
    Discrimination and Challenges

    Some persons with disabilities live with multiple impairments. No matter what kind or how many impairments, the impact of disability on one’s life is profound. Disability often leads to poorer health. Additionally, a person with a disability may attain lower educational achievements. As a result, disability may lead to fewer economic opportunities. Those with disabilities also have higher rates of poverty. Many countries and cultures shun persons with disabilities causing them to live in isolation.

    For many years, discrimination, lack of access to services, lack of social support, and ignorance about disability have been some of the main challenges persons with disabilities face. Even in today’s age of inclusivity, these challenges continue.

    Another challenge persons with disabilities face is access to adequate health care. In developing countries, sufficient healthcare is especially difficult to access. Often people with physical impairments are forced to go without the necessary mobility aids. They live without supports like wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Children can’t attend school, and adults can’t work. In some cases, a simple procedure or rehabilitation improves function. Sadly, in many developing countries persons with disabilities go without. As a result, their function often declines.

    In 2006, the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The CRPD declared accessibility and inclusion as fundamental rights for persons of disabilities. Unfortunately, much still needs to be done for these rights to be recognized.

    HOW TO OBSERVE DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

    Many organizations observe the day with fundraisers and inclusive competitions. Some organizations host awards ceremonies recognizing the achievements of persons with disabilities. Guest speakers discuss disability issues or share inspirational stories.

    To participate:

    • Look for opportunities to be more inclusive of persons with disabilities
    • Teach your children to treat those who are different with kindness and respect
    • Donate to an organization that supports persons with disabilities
    • If you’re a business owner, offers discounts to people with disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers

    If you have a disability or have been affected by it, share your story on social media. When doing so share it with #InternationalDayOfPersonsWithDisabilities

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES HISTORY

    The United Nations declared the year 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons (IYDP). This plan of action emphasized equal opportunities, rehabilitation, and prevention of disabilities. A significant outcome of the IYDP was the World Programme of Action Concerning Disabled Persons. The UN adopted the programme in 1982. Additionally, the UN declared the years 1983 through 1993 the International Decade of Disabled Persons. In 1992, one year before the close of that decade, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.