A non-governmental charity in the city of Birjand in eastern Iran has trained and provided facilities for 70 disabled people to make a living by producing handicrafts.

The charity’s move is aimed at empowering the disabled, which is what they need to increase their self-confidence and get more engaged in the society. Moreover, creating and selling pieces of art by the disabled raises their morale on the one hand and creates more jobs in these areas on the other hand.

There are many disabled people who have not yet managed to achieve the goals set by the United Nations. But there are also many others who have closed their eyes to the restrictions imposed on them by the society and gone beyond the UN-set goals for the disabled.

The UN declared December 3 as the International Day of Disabled Persons in 1992. The annual observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Below you can see ISNA’s photos of the Iranian disabled artists making a living by making various handicrafts, under the coverage of Ali Akbar Charity in Brijand:

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