By: L.N. Reklai

Presidential Proclamation 17-221 proclaimed December 3rd the International Day of Persons with Disabilities themed, “Transformation Towards Sustainable and Resilient Society for All.”


Signed November 24th, the proclamation calls for the observance of this day, aiming to promote the rights and well being of persons with disabilities “in all spheres of society” and “every aspect  of political, social, economic and cultural life.”

There are over 1,000 persons with disabilities in Palau, according to 2015 Palau census. According to proclamation, many persons with disabilities and their families “inspires us all by contributing as self-sufficient members of their communities.”

“Persons with disabilities, are both beneficiaries and agents of change, and are essential components to the process towards inclusive and sustainable development of resilient community.” [/restrict]